NFL news: Source claims Thursday night’s Browns-Steelers game looked like a ‘bounty game’
The Thursday night football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers ended in an ugly scene with Myles Garrett hitting Mason Rudolph in the head with his helmet. One high-level source on an NFL team told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that the game felt a lot like a bounty game.
“A high-level source with another team, who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the subject and league rules that prohibit the public criticism of other teams, had this to say about the situation: ‘If the league is serious, they should fine Browns $5 million and fine [coach Freddie Kitchens] $500,000. That was like a bounty game. There were so many unnecessary flagrant hits, and then the cherry on top.’”
Garrett’s antics are the most talked about during the game but there were also a couple of other questionable plays. Defensive back Damarious Randall was ejected for a hit on Diontae Johnson. After the play, Johnson was bleeding from the ear.
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The Browns’ issues go all the way back to training camp when they were involved in fights during joint practices with the Indianapolis Colts. After the fights, coach Freddie Kitchens said the team doesn’t back down from anyone and it’s been true this season.
The Browns at times have crossed the line from not backing down to playing dirty football. It will be interesting to see how the league handles it, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the league opened up an investigation to try to uncover what exactly is happening inside the Broncos organization.