Steelers’ Mason Rudolph fined for role in fight with Myles Garrett
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the NFL dished out a $50,000 to Rudolph.
#Steelers QB Mason Rudolph has been fined $50,000 for his role in the #Browns–#Steelers fight last Thursday, source said. Other players will be and have been fined, including those who left the bench area.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 23, 2019
In the waning moments of the Steelers’ 21-7 Week 11 loss to the Browns, Rudolph was brought to the ground by pass-rusher Myles Garrett. Rudolph then instigated a fight that escalated to him being hit with his helmet by Garrett.
Garrett was suspended indefinitely while Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey was suspended two games (three before appeal). Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game.
Rudolph was called out by Garrett for saying a racial slur on the field that prompted Garrett to act out. Rudolph’s legal team vehemently denied the allegation, while the NFL concluded there was no evidence that Rudolph said such a thing, upholding Garrett’s indefinite suspension.
Pittsburgh’s loss to the Browns put a clog in their playoff chances, dropping them to 5-5. However, the team has a favorable schedule ahead against the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns.
Rudolph is not playing a high level in the replacement of starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In the loss to the Browns, Rudolph threw for 221 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. This season, Rudolph has thrown 12 touchdowns with eight interceptions, and a total QBR of 34.4.
The AFC North wild card race will be a grueling one down the stretch, as the Browns will also have a favorable schedule down the line. Pittsburgh and Cleveland will meet again next week — an anticipated high-tension matchup.