NFL suspends Myles Garrett for the rest of the year “at a minimum”

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The NFL has moved swiftly to remove Browns defensive end Myles Garrett from the field of play.

The league has suspended Garrett without pay “indefinitely — at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.” He will miss at least six games, and up to 10 if the Browns somehow make it to the Super Bowl.

Garrett will be required to meet with the Commissioner prior to a decision on his reinstatement for violating “unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”

The swift action was appropriate under the circumstances. Garrett’s misconduct crossed a line, and it could have seriously injured Rudolph. The league cannot tolerate it, and the league got this one right.

Garrett has three business days to file an appeal, which would be heard either by Derrick Brooks or by James Thrash, who are jointly hired and compensated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

130 responses to “NFL suspends Myles Garrett for the rest of the year “at a minimum”

  1. That COWARD, Okujobi (or whatever his name is) got just ONE GAME!
    He knocked a defenseless and helmetless player to the ground and escalated an already escalated fight

    Should have been given MULTIPLE GAMES

  2. Rudolph did not start this disaster so anyone trying to use that as an excuse please stop. Garrett hit him well after the throw and didnt let up even though he had time to do so. Cheapshot team.

  3. Figures. Guy gets punched, kicked in he pills, Rudolph tries to rip HIS helmet off. Garrett wins the beef and takes the suspension alone.

    Instigate fight = no punishment.
    Finish fight = suspended.

  4. That’s B.S what did Rudolph, Pouncey, and Decosta get for their assaults to Myles. Probably nothing

  5. NOTHING for Rudolph?
    That’s the most surprising development

    He should not be suspended of course, but watch the replay. If Garrett didn’t escalate things way too far and just say, threw Rudolph’s helmet to the ground, we’d be talking like: What a wild ending to the game, Rudolph kicks Garrett in the nuts and tries to rip his helmet off…then Garrett totally rips Rudolph’s off!! And these teams play in TWO weeks again!

    Garrett going totally bonkers engulfed everything and let Rudolph escape all blame

  6. Roger acted swiftly and correctly. I don’t see Garrett getting on the field until at least after the first 4 games of next season are played.

  7. What garbage. Rudolph provoked it, got dealt with, then continue to go after Garrett after they had been separated. He and Pouncey should get the same punishment. He even showed restraint by using the padded part of the helmet to pop him with. haynesworth stomped somebody with cleats, gashed their head open, and only got five games. The only injury Mason had was a bruised ego.

  8. I have watched the video 3 times. That’s enough. There is not one excuse for what happened. I don’t care what Rudolph did to him. I don’t think he should ever wear a uniform again.That is not a momentary lapse of judgement, it was assault with intent. Myles Garrett’s NFL days should be over.

  9. Not unexpected but Rudolph weaseling out is disgraceful. Really wonder what the rematch is going to be like with Garrett and Pouncey out and the usual crew of homer refs. Steelers got off easy which is no surprise since Rooney and Kraft pull all the strings.

  10. patswhatsup says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Figures. Guy gets punched, kicked in he pills, Rudolph tries to rip HIS helmet off. Garrett wins the beef and takes the suspension alone.

    Instigate fight = no punishment.
    Finish fight = suspended.
    ————
    Garrett drove him into the ground on a late hit on a meaningless play and wouldn’t get off rudolph. What replay are people who are blaming rudolph watching exactly?

  11. It’s the Lyle Alzado rule from 1982 when he ripped the helmet off of Chris Ward and then threw it at him. Ward was lucky he didn’t get hit by that thing, because it was coming at him like a fastball, and it wasn’t illegal then to do that, but it became a rule that off season, and until last night nobody would have ever thought we’d see that rule applied. This stems from a total lack of discipline, and that starts with the head coach

  12. Does everyone remember Garrett describing himself when he was coming out in the draft? He Said he was “Smarter and More sophisticated than most people because of the music he listened to and his personal interests”. Everytime after that when I’ve heard his name mentioned that’s what came to mind. How’s that superior intelligence working out for you Miles?

  13. That’s a good enough penalty. Doesn’t have a rep for being dirty. Very out of character for him. He should be able to come back 1st game next year.

    Mason needs to at least get fined for a cleat to the nuts and trying to rip Garretts helmet off.

    Side note… someone please tell Mason he is a QB. I know he wants to look tough but geez.

    And I hate both teams.

  14. I would add a mandatory psych evaluation. While this is by far the worst incident, it’s not the only one. There was a prime time game a few weeks back where he got 2 roughing the passer calls in the span of a few minutes. He should have been tossed in that game.
    He apologized for his play then, too. His apologies are hollow and a psych mechanism to “make it all right”…until next time.
    If allowed back, he’s going to maim someone and then everyone will say, “Why didn’t we catch this?”

  15. TribeOfOne says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    ….He even showed restraint by using the padded part of the helmet to pop him with
    —————————————
    To quote John McEnroe…”You cannot be serious!”

  16. After years and years of delivering cheap shots, Steelers deserve every cheap shot they get, BUT Garrett took cheap shots to a whole other level and there is ZERO place for that in a football game.

  17. The “he started it first” argument doesn’t really apply here because the retaliation was exponentially worse than the provocation. Hitting someone in the head with a helmet causes people to be ejected when the player being his is WEARING A HELMET. Now we have a case where a massive human swings a helmet at another human who ISN’T WEARING A HELMET. The damage he could have caused was potentially massive. Rudolph and Garrett both got lucky that it wasn’t a serious injury. No sympathy for Garrett.

  18. People blaming Randolph need to stop. There’s simply no excuse for what Garrett did. Instigate? Did Randolph swing a helmet at Garrett’s unprotected head? Don’t think so.

  19. Leave it to the NFL to muck up a punishment. Keeping the suspension open-ended screams “we want to make it longer but don’t have the guts” while also opening themselves up (I’m betting) to all kinds of labor contract and other litigation. That’s quite a trick.

    Also, Mason Rudolph getting off scot-free is total BS …

  20. He should be required to undergo some sort of psychological evaluation and subsequent counseling, etc. for anger management at the very least on top of his suspension without pay and a significant fine before being allowed back on the field. I think Haslem, Dorsey and Kitchens (mostly) should be also receive some sort of sanction for overseeing this mess. The Browns in general and Garrett in particular have exhibited borderline dirty play at best and dangerous play at worst for most of the season. The crap they’ve been doing makes Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams defenses look like the very model of sportsmanship and restraint. I’m shocked that Steve Wilks would be associated with this garbage.

  21. I never beleived in kicking someone when they are down. He got his punishment handed to him, now he must serve it on and move on. Its done. Some people are saying Rudolp needs some punishment too? Dont know.

  22. cadreamer1969 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    The media got what they wanted again. Shameful. The NFL sold out long ago.

    **************************************************************************

    So you think there is a place for this in the NFL?

  23. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    patswhatsup says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Figures. Guy gets punched, kicked in he pills, Rudolph tries to rip HIS helmet off. Garrett wins the beef and takes the suspension alone.

    Instigate fight = no punishment.
    Finish fight = suspended.
    ————
    Garrett drove him into the ground on a late hit on a meaningless play and wouldn’t get off rudolph. What replay are people who are blaming rudolph watching exactly?

    ___

    To be clear, I agree with the Garrett suspension. Rudolph also should have been suspended. I was watching the one where a foot, connected with Garrets crotch, and Rudolph had Garrett’s helmet sideways on his head trying to rip it off. That’s the replay I watched. If you say Garrett should have let it go, Rudolph should have let the officials handle the late hit issue as well. Point blank. You don’t punch a guy, kick a guy in the balls, try to rip his helmet off, then GO AFTER HIM FURTHER, and get to purely play the victim in the end. Rudolph should have gotten 3 games along with Pouncey. I repeat, I do not disagree with the suspension, but all of them bear some culpability.

  24. upperdecker19 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Pouncey 3 games??? Seriously?
    —————————————–
    Yes seriously… and well deserved

  25. vikesfansteve says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    Why did Rudolph try to take off his helmet? We all saw the result. 2 idiots.

    His hand was caught in Garret’s facemask. He stupidly used his other hand as leverage on the back of Garrett’s helmet to try and free his hand and we all know what happened next.

  26. pocketcow says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    Should be fun to watch the rematch in two weeks.
    —————————-
    Except neither Garrett nor Pouncey will play in two weeks. Soooo……..

    BTW Garrett should be fined another $250k in addition to what the team was fined.

  27. “…up to 10 if the Browns somehow make it to the Super Bowl.”

    HAHAHA! Best part of the whole article.

  28. TribeOfOne says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    What garbage. Rudolph provoked it

    ————————

    Hogwash. Garrett pounced on Rudolph with a late hit/tackle, Rudolph then tries to push him off, so how did Rudolph provoke it?

  29. Surprised Rudolph wasn’t also suspended. Say what you will, he went after Garrett. Pouncey and Rudolph should have been suspended for the rest of the season and Garrett banned for life.

  30. Mi!es started it by un called for planting in ground.the coward shold get the whole 2020 season.

  31. Rudolph didn’t get suspended, but he’s gonna get his spanking in 17 days. See you boys in Pittsburgh.
    (Glad Rudolph wasn’t hurt.)

    Go Browns.

  32. patswhatsup says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Figures. Guy gets punched, kicked in he pills, Rudolph tries to rip HIS helmet off. Garrett wins the beef and takes the suspension alone.

    Instigate fight = no punishment.
    Finish fight = suspended.
    ——————————————-
    This is quite a an achievement ,possibly the most ridiculous post on the fight we have seen and there was plenty of competition for that dubious honor .

  33. Rudolph should get 2 games for going after Garrett. But Garrett was in a rage and slammed Rudolph which was way out of line. Might be some civil charges filed.

  34. upperdecker19 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Pouncey 3 games??? Seriously?
    ——————————–
    Agreed. Thought it would be 4.

  35. Rudolph threw a fit because 4 interceptions wasn’t enough. After realizing that he will not be the franchise quarterback, he tried to take out his aggression on Myles Garrett. refs throw flags for late hits and the NFL issues fines. You don’t get to try to rip somebody’s helmet off. so don’t be surprised when they rip your helmet off and smack you with it when you keep coming at them. Rudolph is a weasel and should also be suspended for the rest of the season.

  36. If you saw Garret swing the helmet down on Rudolf’s head and want to assess responsibility elsewhere, you have a (not so) hidden agenda.

  37. Garrett got what he deserved….Pouncy got what he deserved….Where’s Mason’s punishment for bum rushing the pile and taking a swing, and where’s Freddie Kitchens suspension? He needs to go it starts and ends with him

  38. maybe garrett knocked some sense into that bum quarterback of yours. pittsburgh looked like roadkill out there. browns are the better team, book it.

  39. fmiaakammqbpft says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    And for Rudolph initiating the whole thing? Shoulda had a fine.
    —————————
    Rudolph’s punishment is being a terrible qb.

  40. Has anyone thought about the punishment being too harsh on us, the fans of the NFL, for having to watch Cleveland week in and week out for 20+ years and counting? Now that’s rough.

  41. He should forget about an appeal. It was right there on national television for everyone to see. That’s going to rough, not getting paid…maybe he can get a job at McDonald’s for a few months.

  42. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    patswhatsup says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Figures. Guy gets punched, kicked in he pills, Rudolph tries to rip HIS helmet off. Garrett wins the beef and takes the suspension alone.

    Instigate fight = no punishment.
    Finish fight = suspended.
    ————
    Garrett drove him into the ground on a late hit on a meaningless play and wouldn’t get off rudolph. What replay are people who are blaming rudolph watching exactly?
    ————
    Uh, the one where Rudolph tries to rip dude’s helment off first and jams his cleats into dude’s junk as he gets up and charges at dude when things should have cooled down.

  43. Blame Rudolph?

    -Hit Illegally….check
    -Layed on top of…check
    -Helmet ripped off….check
    -Violently smashed in the head by his own helmet……uff-dah, whaaat?
    -Bumped to the ground by another fat dude

    QB’s do not get to “defend themselves” almost ever. If you threw 4 picks, lost the game for your team to a division rival (& potentially squelched playoff hopes), then got roughed illegally with seconds left on the clock & then had a DE lay on you……you would just lay there? Right…..

    This is 100% on Garrett.

  44. Never fear, Bomani Jones, Michael Wilbon, Kevin Blackistone and more of his ilk will contact him and coach him to say that Rudolph called him a racial slur. We all know who the media will immediately banish. His career will miraculously be saved. Who doesn’t see this coming?

  45. everyone always talks about suspensions & fines. what we NEVER EVER hear about is what happens to the money Garrett forfeits from his suspension. 1-do the Browns PAY his salary and the NFL/NFLPA get it & put in a pool of money to later distribute toward programs OR 2-do the Browns NOT pay Garrett’s salary due to suspension THUS meaning the Browns SAVE money. if 2nd then that $250,000 fine the Browns got is a joke and not corrective behavior on their part cause they would walk away with money gained not lost. .. SOMEONE who knows please reply

  46. NFL had no choice and it was the right call. I think Rudolph should get at least one game for his role in this travesty.

  47. I vaguely recall Richie Incognito ripping off an opposing DL’s helmet, when he was a member of the Rams, and hurling it brilliantly into the sky. Myles would’ve been better off had he taken a page out of Richie’s book.

  48. Didnt the browns and steelers have a nasty game.. 2, 3 years ago? or was that steelers bengals? i remember a div game that got nasty, and the teams were warned, and people were suspended/fined..

  49. Patswhatsup says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Rudolph should have let the officials handle the late hit issue as well.

    ——————

    Right. I’m sure a personal foul against Garrett and his unnecessary cheap shot with only a few seconds left in the game would’ve been a real game changer for the Steelers. Rudolph should just lay there and get pounced on because the refs will surely make up for it.

  50. You or I do that and we’re seeing a man with a gavel. The NFL got it right (finally). It was a disgrace to the game! Rudolph did this or that doesn’t matter…they rip the helmets off and do punches and we see 4 games each…the man used a WEAPON to the head!

  51. He’s going to be on thin ice from now on and it’s his own fault. How some people can justify his actions is beyond me. I wonder if he had seriously injured or paralyzed Rudolph if you would say he deserved it. I’m sure the NFL looked at the entire incident and didn’t think Rudolph’s actions didn’t warrant a suspension. Personally, I don’t think they did either. If Garrett hadn’t flipped out that would have been the end of it but he did and escalated that to the point where it is now. It was like the Ron Artest incident. Things weren’t so bad until Artest charged into the crowd. The NBA had no chance but to act. Once Garrett swung the helmet at Rudolph the die was cast. He got what he deserved and hopefully he’ll miss a few games next season so the league can show this will not be tolerated. It was the ugliest moment in the 100 year history of the NFL and required a precedent-setting punishment.

  52. makimaguro says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm
    Where’s the NFLPA in all of this? Shouldn’t they protect their members too?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Which ones? I think the union should defend the players getting attacked (by other players) by holding the attackers accountable, but the union seems to only defend players against the league which means it is almost always the guys being disciplined because they can’t control themselves or behave like adults.

  53. NFL offices should investigate if the players were given
    marching orders to attempt to hurt opposing players
    even if it meant breaking rules and crossing lines.

    It certainly appears that way.
    And with Gregg Williams recently being a part of
    the Browns Org, it would only be prudent to rule that out.

  54. Impartial to both teams. Initially saw the replays most people are seeing, only of the helmet head shot. Yes that deserves a suspension at least through 2019. However, after watching the entire play, when Garrett hits Rudolph he probably didn’t know the ball was out nor did he take him down that hard. Rudolph kicks between Garretts legs and attempts to rip his helmet off, then stands up and goes after him. Rudolph had thrown 4 pics and “lost his cool” as well, he absolutely deserves some punishment. How many QBs take a sack like that and don’t lose their mind?? Happens every Sunday. On top that the MVP Most Violent Player there goes to Mo Pouncey. Suspend them all.

  55. Yea let’s blame the coach who was standing in the sideline. If that’s the case let’s suspend Goodell for running the league, and the owners, and the refs, and his teammates. You people are off your rocker. You must be kidding.

    And for the record if you watch the tape his head was down when he hit Rudolph and didn’t know the ball was away. Then Rudolph whether you like it or not instigated the trouble. While you certainly can’t blame him for the level that Garrett took it to, but had he done nothing then nothing happens.

    They should all be suspended with Garrett and Ppincey getting the worst.

    And if they bring the law into this I’m out on this league. I will watch the CFL.

  56. Quick, think of the most outrageous, most heinous thing that one football player could do to another on the field. The most dangerous, most appalling action possible.

    I came up with hiding a knife in your sock and stabbing another player. The NEXT most dispicable crime would be using a helmet to try to bash a helmetless player or a ref (almost understandable at times).

    Lifetime ban. This guy is a danger to others and does not display sound, safe judgement. This is just a game. You shouldn’t have to worrry about dying at the hands of a madman….

  57. Garrett deserves a FULL 16 game suspension!
    If this had happened in Week 2, he would have missed the following 14 games at a minimum
    It shouldn’t matter WHEN this despicable act happened
    Ogunjobi should have gotten 2 games!
    He took a blind side, cheap shot against a defenseless and helmetless player who was standing there
    GUTLESS & COWARDLY

  58. “Figures. Guy gets punched, kicked in he pills, Rudolph tries to rip HIS helmet off. Garrett wins the beef and takes the suspension alone.

    Instigate fight = no punishment.
    Finish fight = suspended.”
    ______________

    Almost afraid to ask, but you DO understand that somebody starting a fight with you doesn’t entitle you to attempt to kill them?

  59. I’m fine with the suspension Garrett received. He will probably get reinstated when next season starts and the smoke has cleared. I think Pouncey should appeal the 3 games. What is he supposed to do when he sees his unprotected qb getting hit in the head by a man nearly twice his size and strength? I guess he was supposed to wait for security.

  60. The game in two weeks is a 4:25 local start – – the NFL might want to push that one back to 1:00 pm. It’s going to get ugly at Heinz.

  61. zeuslizard says:
    November 15, 2019 at 1:05 pm
    LOL at the people who think Rudolph started this. Roughing the passer started this.
    ————-
    Good point. Except that requires the refs on the field to actually throw a flag and call a penalty for roughing the passer, which did not happen.

  62. What we witnessed was inexcusable but looking for any bright side of Garrett’s actions – he didn’t try to bite anyone’s ear.

  63. I’ve seen a ton of late hits because they happen every 5 minutes in the NFL. I have never seen a QB take a relatively tame hit, then kick the defender between the legs, try to rip his helmet off, and continue charging at him like he wanted to throw a punch. Just because Garrett deserves serious punishment doesn’t mean Rudolph deserves nothing, and the “Poor Mason almost died!” comments are a touch dramatic.

  64. To commemorate the 100th season, how about Garrett is suspended for 100 games? If they get their 17 game season, the guy is back sometime in 2025, if he’s still an NFL caliber player by then.

  65. How come Rudolph gets no punishment? He started the melee by grabbing Garrett’s helmet and kicking him. Then he went at Garrett after the helmet came off. Smart QB would have let his O-linemen take care of it. I think he should have gotten at least a game for gis actions.

  66. Rudolph got beat all night. His team got beat. He then got beat up with his own helmet and then pushed to the ground after appealing to the ref for getting beat up.

    And here I thought MY Thursday was bad…

  67. wheres the fine for the player that ran over and knocked down a helmet less QB?!

    maybe you didn’t see that but look again. Rudolph got blasted AFTER the helmet smack that he received.

    idiots=Browns.

  68. OH to those claiming that Garrett’s salary is guaranteed NO IT’S NOT! In a case where the NFL or the team suspends a player that player forfeits the pay for those games, PERIOD! Those guaranteed contracts have conditions written into them(AB is finding that out) and if a team wants to they can go after some of the bonus money paid also.

  69. jets8421 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    The “he started it first” argument doesn’t really apply here because the retaliation was exponentially worse than the provocation.
    ____________
    This is exactly right, for two reasons. One, the League needs to and is making an example of Garrett, in order to ensure this *never* happens again. Whatever Rudolph’s role, diluting the situation with “‘victim’-blaming” detracts from the message the NFL is trying to send.

    Two, as I learned in high-school ball, and later coaching pee-wee, the second guy always gets the penalty. As a football player all you can do is hope the refs catch the “first guy”. Never be the “second guy”: they will get you *every* time.

  70. raiderdave31 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    wheres the fine for the player that ran over and knocked down a helmet less QB?!

    maybe you didn’t see that but look again. Rudolph got blasted AFTER the helmet smack that he received.
    _________________________________

    That would be Ogungobi and he got a one game suspension also. You might want to try another source for your sports news as this isn’t the best place to get it! My god they’re 5-10mins behind on the game scores here.

  71. Two things that are true:
    1) What Garrett did is not acceptable

    2) Garret is far from the first player to swing a helmet at a helmet-less player. He is just the first to connect.

    Let’s take the righteous indignation down a couple of notches.

  72. And you said you wanted to be defensive playet of the year lol what you actually meant yo say was i want to be the villain of the year or horse’s keyster of the year

  73. friendly reminder that the NFL world is currently celebrating the on field skills of a player who either assaulted or covered up the assault of his own 3 year old

    Far worse than a testosterone charged male losing his cool on the field of play

  74. I hate to say this…but Garrett should be banned for life. This behavior is totally unacceptable. Message needs to be sent.. And for Garrett to behave this way, He needs some form of help, and soon, before this behavior escalates into something far worse.

  75. Garrett and Pouncey are both appealing. I predict that to get Pouncey’s shortened, Garrets will also be shortened.

    Pouncey 1 game.Garrett 3.

  76. He even showed restraint by using the padded part of the helmet to pop him with
    ‐———
    So, Garrett turned the helmet around and hit him with “padded part” to show restraint? Amazing what people see when they want to reach their preferred opinion.

  77. If Pouncey get 3 games and I think that is harsh, Garrett should get at least 5 times that. That was a disgrace.

  78. I just watched this again, for about the 15th time.
    Anyone that says Rudolph started this has too much emotion due to bias for their team.
    Garret wass taking him down in a very awkward way.
    Anyone of you posting would be pissed and defend themselves in the same way if it was you with Garret mauling them.
    Plus, the other Browns player knocking Rudolph down from behind is just a cheap shot (just like the shots to the head from the DB’s in the game). Let’s not forget it was not that long ago that Browns player(s) was saying another teams coach told his players to play dirty and that game had a Browns player fined for cheap shots as well.
    This team is just, well, cheap and childish.
    I do find it funny that OBJ says they will take their punishment on the chin, like a man. I don’t see a man on that team, starting with the guy who’s claim to fame is fighting a net and a water cooler. Oh yes, he made some one handed catches as well, which happens in almost every game these days…

  79. Steve Cunningham says:
    November 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm
    raiderdave31 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    wheres the fine for the player that ran over and knocked down a helmet less QB?!

    maybe you didn’t see that but look again. Rudolph got blasted AFTER the helmet smack that he received.
    _________________________________

    That would be Ogungobi and he got a one game suspension also. You might want to try another source for your sports news as this isn’t the best place to get it! My god they’re 5-10mins behind on the game scores here
    —————————
    5 – 10 minutes??? My God you should cancel you Expensive Subscription…..what’s that, they don’t charge you anything?…..huh……

    Go Hawks

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