Instead, headlines will be grabbed by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, who was involved in one of the more violent fights that took place on a football field in NFL in recent memory. In the final moments of the game, Garrett took Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off his head before hitting him in the head with it. It was a scary scene that resulted in Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers center Maurice Pouncey also being ejected from the game.
Announcers Troy Aikman and Joe Buck were aghast during the end of the broadcast. Aikman called the incident “barbaric,” while Buck was more grave, calling the fight “one of the worst things” he had ever seen on a football field.
Baker Mayfield Weighs in on Fight, Twitter Reacts:
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was not happy about it. After the game, Mayfield told Erin Andrews: “Rivalry or not, we can’t do that … We’re endangering the other team…I didn’t see why it started but it’s inexcusable,” Mayfield said to Andrews. “I don’t care. Rivalry or not, we can’t do that. That’s kind of the history of what’s going on here lately, hurting yourself. It’s inexcusable…There’s nothing I can say in that moment to calm him down. The reality is he’s going to get suspended and that hurts our team.”
A number of current and former players, as well as NFL and media analysts weighed in on the fight via Twitter, including players like Patrick Mahomes, J.J. Watt and Tarik Cohen, among others, some of whom were in disbelief, while others were shocked or already wondering about the type of suspension Garrett will be facing:
Several former players, including running back Reggie Bush, called the incident among the worst they had seen in decades. One player, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, seemed upset that the fight was drawing attention away from other sports-related news of the night, including the recent news about Carmelo Anthony returning to the NBA:
Fans of both teams and the league in general also weighed in on the fight and its aftermath:
While many fans began speculating on Garrett’s inevitable suspension and jokes were tossed abound, there will likely be major repercussions felt, especially for the Cleveland Browns and their fans. Video playbacks of the incident on Twitter revealed that Rudolph tried to take Garrett’s helmet off first when they were wrestling on the ground before Garrett removed Rudolph’s and hit him with it.
After the game, Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was struck in the head by Garrett with his own helmet, called Garrett “bush league,” and also noted that he was feeling fine despite the literal blow to the head he suffered:
No word yet on how long Garrett will be suspended, but a suspension is most definitely coming soon.