Browns’ Garrett ejected for swinging helmet at Steelers QB


Cleveland defensive finish Myles Garrett was certainly one of three gamers ejected after a instigating an unpleasant brawl with the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers with eight seconds remaining within the Browns’ Thursday evening win.

Nov 14, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) lunges again at Cleveland Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett (95) after Garrett ripped his helmet off in the course of the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive deal with Matt Feiler (71) and offensive guard David DeCastro (66) attempt to restrain them. Obligatory Credit score: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports activities

Scrapping with Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph after a play, Garrett pulled Rudolph’s helmet off by the facemask and — whereas being restrained by Steelers offensive linemen David DeCastro and Matt Feiler — swung it intentionally and made contact with the highest of Rudolph’s head.

Rudolph didn’t initially fall from the hit by the helmet, as he turned to officers together with his palms raised, however Browns defensive deal with Larry Ogunjobi charged at him from behind and shoved him to the bottom.

In the meantime, DeCastro tackled Garrett, and Steelers heart Maurkice Pouncey jumped on the pile and threw a number of punches at Garrett earlier than kicking at him as soon as and throwing extra punches.

After conferring with replay officers in New York, referee Clete Blakeman ejected Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey. That made 4 ejections within the recreation, after Browns security Damarious Randall was disqualified following a helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson within the third quarter.

The late fracas started as Rudolph flipped a display screen cross and was wrapped up by Garrett, who didn’t let go and slowly dragged Rudolph to the bottom because the quarterback resisted. As soon as on the bottom, Rudolph grabbed at Garrett’s facemask and helmet, and the 2 continued to scrap as DeCastro pulled Garrett off and Feiler tried to separate the 2.

However Garrett grabbed Rudolph’s facemask, pulled the quarterback off the bottom by the facemask after which yanked it as soon as extra to tug the helmet off. Rudolph obtained up and chased after Garrett, which is when the defensive finish swung the helmet.

Rudolph, who was concussed and knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit earlier this yr, additionally took an inadvertent shot to the again of the pinnacle from Feiler, who was strolling to confront Ogunjobi as Rudolph was getting up from Ogunjobi’s hit. Rudolph remained within the recreation to run yet another play.

Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens stated postgame of Garrett, “He understands what he did. He understands what he did is completely unacceptable.”

DeCastro stated, in line with ESPN, “The (NFL) has to make a press release,” whereas Steelers defensive finish Cam Heyward stated of Rudolph, “The dude was defenseless.”

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield gave his perspective from the bench in a postgame interview with Fox.

“I didn’t see why it began, however it’s inexcusable,” he stated. “I don’t care, rivalry or not, we will’t do this. … That’s simply endangering the opposite staff. That’s inexcusable. (Garrett) is aware of that.

“The fact of it, he’s going to get suspended, and that’s going to harm our staff. We don’t understand how lengthy, however that hurts our staff.”

The Browns received 21-7, beating the Steelers for the primary time since October 2014. They’d misplaced seven of the earlier eight conferences, with the groups enjoying to a tie within the 2018 season opener at Cleveland.

—Area Stage Media