Steelers video: Cam Heyward strongly defends Mason Rudolph after racial slur allegation
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Video: Steelers’ Cam Heyward strongly defends Mason Rudolph after racial slur allegation

Cam Heyward, Mason Rudolph

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward is standing behind his quarterback Mason Rudolph in light of the controversy surrounding the fight that took place on Thursday Night Football between the second-year quarterback and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.

In the waning seconds of the teams 21-7 loss to the Browns, Garrett drove Rudolph to the ground, in which Rudolph didn’t appreciate and began to pull on Garrett’s helmet. Garrett and Rudolph began to tussle, before Garrett used Rudolph’s helmet to hit him over the head. Multiple players were then involved in a clash defending their teammates.

Garrett was suspended indefinitely along with a fine, offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey was initially suspended for three games — now two, and Larry Ogunjobi suspended one game. While action has not been taken on Rudolph, it is expected he will receive a fine.

In an attempt to appeal his indefinite suspension, Garrett claimed Rudolph used a racial slur which sparked the fiery brawl between the two. Rudolph and his legal team have since discredited the claim.

Heyward is one of many Steelers players to quickly come to the defense of their quarterback.

Pittsburgh and Cleveland will play each other one more time on December 1, in what would potentially be a high-tension game in light of the fight, and playoff implications. Garrett or Pouncey will not be available to play in that game.

Pittsburgh is currently in second place of the AFC North, with a favorable schedule against the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.

It is in the best interest of the Steelers to move forward and focus on making the playoffs.