First Thoughts: Myles Garrett's ejection mars Browns' win

Saturday, 16 Nov, 2019

Current and former National Football League players have had their say about Myles Garrett's helmet swing at Mason Rudolph on Thursday night. He swung the helmet at Rudolph's head which prompted both benches, and mayhem, to break out.

The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph isn't ruling out any legal options in the aftermath of Thursday's melee.

Garrett will undoubtedly be suspended for his actions. It's not good. He understands what he did, and he understands it's totally unacceptable, and we have to get through it.

Baker Mayfield threw for two touchdowns, and the Cleveland defence beat down and beat up the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, resulting in a 21-7 win for the Browns.

"Last night, I made a awful mistake", Garrett said in a statement Friday.

"We've got five seconds to go in the biggest game that this team's won".

At the end of a play he tackled Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, perhaps not knowing that Rudolph had already delivered the ball.

Garrett got tangled up with Rudolph after a play and pulled Rudolph's helmet off by the facemask. Thankfully he didn't appear injured from the direct hit to the head with the helmet swung by the 272-pound Garrett.

Garrett, Pouncey, and Ogunjobi - who tackled Rudolph from behind after he'd been struck - were all ejected from the game.

Before seeing the replay, Rudolph called Garrett's actions "pretty cowardly" and "Bush League", adding that the pair "had words" and Garrett "kept on keeping on" before tensions peaked.

"I made a mistake".

"I feel like I had a bone to pick with him after what he did. I appreciate the line always having my back, but I was angry". He also felt Pouncey's suspension was justified, though he expects the center to appeal it. Barney Hanson, part-owner of The Point Bar and Grill in Greensburg, said Pouncey likely reacted out of anger and in defense of a teammate. "It's inexcusable and he knows that", Mayfield said.

The incident overshadowed a win that put Cleveland back in the playoff picture and breathed some life into a season that had been slipping away.

"We are in support of anybody getting an opportunity to play football", Haslam said.

"It's ugly", Beckham said.

You can see Garrett's comments here, via the NFL Network.

When asked about the incident after the game, Rudolph did not mince words when asked about his encounter with the Browns defensive end.

"The next time I see them, I'll address them", he said.

Todd Haley, who was sacked as the Browns' offensive coordinator midway through the 2018 season and watched Kitchens, Cleveland's running backs coach, ascend to first the interim and then permanent head coaching job, told SiriusXM Radio on Friday that he wasn't surprised by what happened on Thursday night.

"There are many risks an NFL QB assumes with every snap taken on the field", Younger wrote.