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Myles Garrett Suspended Indefinitely After Striking Player With Helmet

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    Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely after striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with HIS OWN HELMET during the final seconds of their Thursday Night Football game. It was one of those plays where you couldn't believe your own eyes and makes you wonder if the star player just went involuntarily into retirement.

    Here's how it all unfolded. Pittsburgh was down 21-7 with 14 seconds left. Rudolph threw a quick pass to Trey Edmunds on third-and-29 and just after he released the ball Garrett wrapped him in what can only be described as a bear hug, wrestling Rudolph to the ground. As Pittsburgh players came to their QB's defense, Garrett inexplicably ripped Rudoph's helmet and then hit him in the head with it before being tackled to the ground by Steelers guard David DeCastro and then punched and kicked by Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

    Pouncey was given a three-game suspension while DeCastro was suspended for one game, but the NFL dropped the hammer on Garrett. He is suspended the rest of this season, including the postseason, and must reapply to join the NFL next year. Needless to say, the NFL isn't playing any games.

    If you don't believe what you just read then I encourage you to see it with your own eyes:

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    A 6-10 game suspension (rest of the season + potential playoff games) is more than warranted for Garrett. This reminds of the Vontaze Burfict suspension. You have a guy in Myles Garrett who is one of the most penalized players in the league for late/unwarranted hits (I think only behind Burfict for the season?). So you know this isn't just some isolated incident. Garret has been pushing the boundaries of what he can get away with for a long time now.

    And he thinks he has cover ultimately, because he was the #1 overall draft pick in 2017. So he is too good and too important to the Browns to just simply be cut. But it takes massive delusions of grandeur to think you could ever possibly justify hitting an NFL QB in the head with his own helmet, on national TV! That's just amazing.

    I feel sorry for Pouncey. He shouldn't have kicked him, I guess, when Garrett was on the ground and it was clearly over. But I don't fault him whatsoever for getting caught up in the moment and losing his cool. I probably would have to. But a 3-game suspension for Pouncey when Garrett may only have to serve a 6-game one seems very unfair. I would rather see a 1-game suspension and a big fine.

    It's good the NFL acting swiftly on this. Everyone is right in saying this is probably the worst on the field fight the league has ever seen. In a perfect world, like Mike Florio says here, Garrett would be immediately cut by the Browns. I hope Rudolph is OK. He seems like he is, but that hit could easily gone the other way and knocked him out cold, or even worse, killed him.

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    Max Kellerman on ESPN is the only person I have seen come out in sort of defense for Garrett. Max's point is basically that Mason started it by trying to take off Garrett's helmet first.

    Sure, and you could argue pretty easily that Rudolph should be punished somehow. But just the optics alone of what Myles did means the NFL had to suspend him the rest of the season. If Myles had made contact with that helmet to Mason's head in the worst way, he seriously actually could have died. What are the chances? Fairly low. But certainly not zero. IMAGINE where the league would be at today and going forward if they had nationally televised someone getting killed? Now I know that's extreme but I guarantee that was part of the punishment discussion and consideration. It could have destroyed the league for a very long time. So for the optics alone, I think all the punishments are fair and make sense.

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    I don't know.. This doesn't seem to be something like the kind of misbehavings Ndamukong Suh used to do. If it were, I'd say the suspension makes sense and hopefully it'll knock some sense into him when he gets back on the field. But this takes it a step further.

    All these guys know they can rough eachother up on the field and not really worry too much about it thanks to all the pads and helmet. The moment a helmet comes off is the moment it should stop, and I'd think 99.9% of all the other players know that. To take a helmet and hit someone in their bare head with it is just too far. No matter how big you are, that can cause serious damage.

    I wonder if any kind of suspension will be enough. Not that I think this guy is trying to be a killer or anything, but it's just ridiculous to do that at all.