While Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett was the central figure in the punishment handed down from the NFL due to the brawl that occurred between the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday, he certainly wasn’t the only player who was dinged.
Not even close.
The NFL has disciplined a whopping 33 players for their involvement in the brouhaha, with most of the affected parties being hit for merely “entering the fighting area,” via Adam Schefter of ESPN.
In total, $732,422 in fines were levied, including $250,000 to each organization as a whole.
Garrett was one of three players hit with a suspension, although his punishment is by far the most severe, as he is facing an indefinite ban. Meanwhile, fellow Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for one game, and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was served a two-game ban.
The incident occurred in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, when Garrett drove Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph into the ground after Rudolph had already released the football. Agitated by Garrett’s hit, Rudolph unsuccessfully attempted to rip Garrett’s helmet off.
Garrett then ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and proceeded to hit him over the head with it.
The Browns ended up winning the game by a score of 21-7, but what was a season-saving victory for Cleveland was obviously marred by the ugly fight, and the Browns ultimately lost their best defensive player for the rest of the year in the process.
Cleveland will take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, whil Pittsburgh will battle the Cincinnati Bengals.