Myles Garrett will not play again this season, and maybe longer.
The NFL announced Friday that the Cleveland Browns defensive end has been suspended for the rest of this season, including the playoffs should the Browns make it, and will have to meet with the commissioner’s office before being reinstated in 2020.
“Last night, I made a terrible mistake,” Garrett said in a statement issued Friday. “I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions, and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward.
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— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 15, 2019
Garrett’s suspension, which is at least six games, is the longest in NFL history for a single on-field incident.
In a statement, the NFL said, “Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”
The NFL also suspended Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi one game for shoving Rudolph in the back and to the ground, shortly after Garrett had slugged the Steelers quarterback in the head with the helmet. Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, who jumped into Garrett, kicking and punching him after Rudolph had been struck, was suspended three games.
All three players — who were ejected from Thursday’s game, a 21-7 victory for Cleveland — are suspended without pay and will be fined. In addition, the NFL has fined the Browns and Steelers organizations $250,000 each for the incident.
Garrett will appeal the suspension, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Pouncey and Ogunjobi also have three business days to file an appeal.
“What I did was foolish, and I shouldn’t allow myself to slip like that,” Garrett said after the game. “That’s out of character, but a situation like that where it’s an emotional game, and I allowed myself to fall into those emotions with what happened.”
On Friday, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said the team will continue to support Garrett.
“He understands the magnitude of what occurred last night, and he’s very remorseful, he’s very sorry for his actions,” Kitchen said. “He understands that he let himself down, that he let his teammates down, he let his organization down.
“We look at our team as a family. And in a family, sometimes family members make mistakes. You support them in every way that you can, even if it’s an egregious mistake.”
Rudolph doesn’t anticipate a suspension, but he is bracing for a potential fine, a source told Fowler. The NFL left the door open for “additional discipline” of other players under the league’s standard accountability process, including those who left the bench and ran onto the field to enter the fight area.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Jake Trotter and Brooke Pryor