An grotesque sport ended in uglier vogue on Thursday night.
With eight seconds left in the Cleveland Browns’ 21-7 make a choice over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a skirmish between the two groups erupted after a unhurried hit by defensive stay Myles Garrett on Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on a third-and-29 completion.
Garrett wrestled Rudolph to the ground properly after the quarterback dumped the ball to Trey Edmunds for an 11-yard produce. Whereas the two grappled on the ground, Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off of his head after which swung it on the quarterback, making contact with Rudolph’s head.
Steelers offensive linemen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey tackled Garrett to the ground, and Pouncey punched and kicked the defensive result in the face. Browns defensive kind out Larry Ogunjobi ran in after the initial infraction and pushed Rudolph to the ground.
After a lengthy skirmish between the groups and a dialogue among Clete Blakeman’s officiating crew, Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey had been all penalized and disqualified.
Garrett and the opposite participants in the combat are going to be underneath overview for probably suspensions, a league source knowledgeable NFL Community Insider Ian Rapoport. Garrett’s ban might perchance well very properly be lengthy.
“I made a mistake, I lost my chilly and I remorse it,” Garrett mentioned. “Or not it is gonna approach aid to hurt our crew. The fellows who jumped in the scrum, I adore my crew having my aid but it completely ought to composed’ve never gotten to that level. Or not it is on me.”
Rudolph known as Garrett’s helmet swing “cowardly and bush league.”
“I received sacked, we exchanged some phrases, he saved keeping on and one facet resulted in 1 other,” Rudolph knowledgeable journalists. “It’s probably you’ll perchance well crawl aid and look the tape whenever you happen to’d be pleased and originate your get assumptions.”
Each facet had been upset about how the opponents sport ended following the brouhaha.
“I could defend my tips to myself,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin mentioned after the game. “You guys saw what took teach on the stay.”
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens knowledgeable journalists, “That just isn’t who we’re looking out for to be on the stay of the game. That just isn’t who Myles needs to be. That just isn’t who we’re gonna be. You wish in an effort to defend your composure in occasions be pleased that.
“I’m embarrassed. Myles is embarrassed. Or not it is not only correct. He understands what he did. He understands or not it is very unacceptable and we get received to construct up thru it.”
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield sang a identical tune.
“Or not it is inexcusable,” Mayfield knowledgeable FOX’s Erin Andrews. “I invent not care, opponents or not, chances are you’ll perchance well perchance’t cease that. That is form of the historical past of what is been happening right here not too lengthy in the past, hurting your self. And that’s the explanation ethical endangering the opposite crew. Or not it is inexcusable. (Garrett) is aware of that. I am hoping he does now.”
Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward mentioned of the combat, “It was the stupidest facet I ever saw.”
The Steelers and Browns meet once more in Week 13 on Dec. 1.