Myles Garrett speaks out on swinging his helmet at Mason Rudolph
During the Cleveland Browns’ 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football, there was an altercation involving Myles Garrett that will almost certainly land him a lengthy suspension.
Garrett ultimately grabbed the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and swung it at his head. Not only is that a concerning sight, in general, but that’s especially the case given that Rudolph recently dealt with a significant concussion that sidelined him earlier in the season.
"That's one of the worst things I've ever seen on a professional sports field" pic.twitter.com/UdOrcDV7Y0
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 15, 2019
After the game, reporters asked Garrett about the incident and he stated that he ‘made a mistake’ and ‘lost my cool.’
— Nate Davis (@ByNateDavis) November 15, 2019
As one might expect, players and coaches from both the Steelers and Browns voiced their displeasure with Garrett’s actions after the game. The backlash wasn’t limited to just personnel from both teams as former NFL players, media personalities, and fans took to social media to express their opinions as well.
The current expectation is that Garrett’s looming suspension handed down from the NFL league office will be significant. In fact, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk believes that there is a possibility that it should for the ‘balance of the regular season.’
Garrett should be bracing for a significant suspension, one that should last at least through the balance of the regular season. Earlier this year, the league suspended Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict 12 games for his latest violation of safety rules.
Regardless of the length of Garrett’s suspension, it’s clear that actions of this kind have no place in football, or in any sport for that matter. For a league that already features such brutality, cleaning up excessive situations such as what took place on Thursday Night Football is a necessity.
An announcement from the NFL is expected to come soon regarding a suspension for Garrett.