Steelers Reporter: "I've Never Seen Anything Like This"

Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph with a helmet in Cleveland on Thursday

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 15, 2019 - 9:24 am
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Myles Garrett marred an otherwise impressive win for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, getting into a scuffle with Mason Rudolph in garbage time and striking him with a helmet. Brows coach Freddie Kitchens called the incident “embarrassing” and said there was “no excuse” for Garrett’s action.

“I’ve covered some very ugly games between the Steelers and Bengals over the last five to seven years when Vontaze Burfict was involved in some very bad incidents for the league, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers reporter Ray Fittipaldo said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Myles Garrett, if he would have struck Mason Rudolph in the wrong place, he could have killed him tonight. Very, very bad situation for the NFL. I would imagine they will act swiftly (Friday) and come down pretty hard on him.”

Garrett was immediately ejected, as was Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who kicked Garrett while he was on the ground. Pouncey will likely be suspended for his actions, but Garrett will almost certainly be suspended longer.

“Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers center who jumped to Mason Rudolph’s defense who was throwing some haymakers at Garrett and some of the other Browns, he believes that Garrett should be suspended for the remainder of the season,” Fittipaldo said. “That was the sentiment of just about every Steelers players in that locker room. What Pouncey said was we’ll see if the NFL is really serious about its players. They obviously feel like the NFL has to do something. They didn’t feel like Mason Rudolph was protected out there tonight. That’s why Pouncey did what he did.”

The game had chippy all night, as Steelers wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson both exited with concussions. Johnson, in fact, was bleeding from his ear as he left the field.

“Pouncey, to his credit, said he’s going to accept whatever penalty comes his way,” Fittipaldo said. “I am quite sure a suspension is coming for Pouncey as well. But the longer suspension is going to be handed down to Myles Garrett for what happened.”

Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, called his actions “foolish.” 

“Garrett really wasn’t apologetic to the Steelers for what happened,” Fittipaldo said. “I think he apologized to his own team for putting them in that situation, but Myles Garrett, I’m not sure who gave him advice or who allowed him to talk tonight. But I don’t think he represented himself or the Browns very well.”