NFL will fine Steelers QB Mason Rudolph for altercation
The NFL will fine Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph for his role in the brawl between the Steelers and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.
The fracas occurred in the waning moments of the Browns’ 21-7 win, when Cleveland defensive lineman Myles Garrett hit Rudolph after a pass and drove the signal-caller into the ground.
Rudolph then unsuccessfully tried to rip off Garrett’s helmet while the two players were jostling on the ground, which led to Garrett ripping off Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him over the head with it.
Garrett has been suspended indefinitely for his actions.
Rudolph is in his second NFL season and took over as the Steelers’ starting quarterback halfway through his team’s Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks as a result of Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow injury.
With Roethlisberger out for the remainder of the year, Rudolph has taken over as Pittsburgh’s full-time starter.
In eight appearances and seven starts, he has thrown for 1,551 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 62.3 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 82.9.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Oklahoma State, was originally selected by the Steelers in the third round (76th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
He did not play at all during is rookie campaign.
Pittsburgh fell to 5-5 with its loss on Thursday evening, and while the Steelers are still very much alive in the AFC playoff picture, their postseason chances obviously took a big hit.
Rudolph and Co. will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 24.