Brawlin’ With The Browns

Reid Dunivan, Sports

The story this week sees two teams from the AFC North in a head-to-helmet game. Myles Garret had been applying pressure to Mason Rudolph all game long, if Garret wasn’t forcing a bad throw he was shoving the offensive linemen back a few yards to make way for a key blitz from his linebacker. The effort that Garret put into the game showed in the game cast after, forcing four bad throws leading to interceptions and a singular fumble. Garret’s stats were not the main headline of this Browns win though. In the waning moments of the game, Garret was able to force a quick throw but wrestled Mason Rudolph to the ground in the process. Rudolph was displeased that a penalty was not thrown on the play and decided to kick Garret from the ground. Not much is known about what was said following the play but it motivated Myles Garret to pull the helmet off of the post-concussion protocol QB and smash it into his forehead. The sidelines cleared almost immediately after, leading to a massive grouping in the endzone. Garret has been assessed for a suspension and a sizable fine. He will not be allowed to play in the remainder of the regular season and the postseason, Garret was considered for an assault charge but the charges were dropped after the suspension was given. Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers center has also assessed a suspension after kicking Garret in the head after he was already on the ground and the fight was seemingly drawing to a close. Those two weren’t the only ones ejected following that fight though, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was also suspended following his involvement in the melee that took place at FirstEnergy Stadium this past Thursday. Garret later told the press, “It’s going to come back to hurt our team. The guys who jumped into the scrum, I appreciate my team having my back, but it never should have gotten to that point.” Garret even went as far to say that he regretted his actions against the Steelers following their victory. The Browns are now down two of their starting defensive linemen which will require an abrupt and potentially harsh adjustment from the Browns defensive coordinator Steven Wilks.