Myles Garrett will undoubtedly be suspended for taking Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and hitting him in the head with it on Thursday Night Football. Garrett has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL which means he will at least miss the rest of the season. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport previously reported that the league was considering a multi-game suspension.
“The NFL is reviewing the actions of #Browns DE Myles Garrett for a possible multi-game suspension, sources say. The entire matter will be examined thoroughly,” Rapoport tweeted.
Pro Football Talk initially suggested that Garrett’s actions warranted at least a five-game suspension then later implied it could run into next season.
Garrett should be bracing for a significant suspension, one that should last at least through the balance of the regular season.
Steelers-Browns Fight Suspension Update
Just hours after the fight, Michael Signora from the league reported the suspensions and fines. As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero revealed, Garrett was suspended indefinitely and for at least the remainder of the regular season and playoffs while Pouncey received three games and fines. Both the Browns and Steelers organizations have also been fined $250,000.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there may also be additional penalties on the horizon, but he didn’t expand on what they may be.
Initial Reactions to Fight & Immediate Thoughts on Suspensions
After the game, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was visibly frustrated and admitted that Garrett would get suspended, which ultimately hurts the team. Earlier this season, the NFL suspended Vontaze Burfict for 12 games, but it is a bit of a different situation given his history of violent hits. NFL Network’s Michael Irvin suggested that Garrett will be suspended for the remainder of the Browns’ season.
Burfict’s suspension is the closest we have to compare Garrett’s potential punishment to. While Burfict had more of a history, Garrett’s hit was more egregious. Here was the NFL’s statement on Burfict’s hit, per ESPN.
There were no mitigating circumstances on this play. Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game. Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.
All Players Involved in the Fight Could Face Suspensions
Rapoport noted that it is not just Garrett who will potentially face a suspension. Rapoport explained that the NFL is expected to identify everyone who was involved in the fight and each player could face a suspension.
“All players involved in the heinous incident are going to be under review by the NFL for possible suspensions, source said,” Rapoport tweeted.
Some Suggested Garrett Gets Banned From the NFL
One thing that appears to be agreed upon is that Garrett is unlikely to play again this season. Some have suggested that Garrett should get a year-long suspension and potentially be banned from the NFL.
“If Albert Haynewsworth got five games, Myles Garrett ahould get a year-long suspension. He could have taken Mason Rudolph’s life. Inexcusable,” Austin-American Statesman’s Cedric Golden tweeted.
Pro Football Talk posed a question about Garrett potentially being banned from the NFL.
Here’s the real question: Should Garrett be banished? It was, quite simply, an assault — an act for which he should, in theory, be prosecuted criminally. It happened beyond the confines of a football game, and if something like that happened on the street, Garrett currently would be in jail.
The Athletic’s Dane Brugler predicted a more modest suspension between two to six games.
“Myles Garrett’s suspension will be somewhere between 2 and 6 games. No chance the league lets him face the Steelers again in two weeks so it’ll be at least 2 games and it could very well be the rest of the season (6 games). And he won’t be the only player suspended,” Brugler tweeted.