The NFL has suspended Myles Garrett indefinitely without pay after the Cleveland Browns defensive end used a helmet to strike the uncovered head of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Ruldolph.
In a statement released Friday morning, the league said Garrett’s suspension will be “at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.” He was also fined an unspecified amount.
Garrett apologized later that morning in a statement released by the Browns, calling his actions “a terrible mistake.”
“I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL,” Garrett said. “I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”
Statement from Myles Garrett: pic.twitter.com/txVA970CmW— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 15, 2019
Cleveland’s Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey have also been suspended without pay for their roles in the brawl that took place in the closing seconds of the Browns’ 21-7 win over the Steelers on “Thursday Night Football.”
Pouncey has been suspended for three games, and Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension. They also received unspecified fines.
The two teams were each fined $250,000, and the league said additional players will be disciplined.
Garrett and Rudolph were wrestling on the ground at the end of a play near the end of the game, with Rudolph pulling on Garrett’s helmet. Garrett eventually ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and used it as a weapon against the player. Ogunjobi knocked Rudolph to the ground during the skirmish, and Pouncey threw punches at and kicked Garrett in a pile of players.
Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey were all ejected with eight seconds remaining.
The longest suspension in NFL history for on-field actions is 12 games, given this season to Vontaze Burfict of the Raiders.
Times NFL writer Sam Farmer contributed to this report.