Browns Defensive End Myles Garrett Assaults Steelers Quarterback Mason Rudolph in Final Seconds of TNF

On their way to a 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns’ big win will be overshadowed by a truly heinous act.

Tensions run high on the football field, but in no way, shape or form should this ever happen during a professional football game.

Regardless of what team you root for or have a vested interest in, this is inexcusable. For one player to rip another player’s helmet off and then bash him over the head with it is a sad sight to see. In a game where players get hurt at such a consistent basis, you don’t need unnecessary violence. And that’s what this is.

Rudolph is not completely innocent in this. He did grab at Garrett’s helmet after getting taken down, sure. But did that act warrant what came after?

For example, in baseball, if a pitcher throws at you, it’s not okay if you run out to the mound with your bat and try to take a swing at him.

And the rest of the league feels this way, too.

His own teammate can’t even stand behind him in this.

Baker Mayfield performed well on Thursday night but that will likely get pushed aside due to the fact that his teammate acted so uncontrollably. And that can’t be a good feeling for Mayfield or any other Browns players.

Obviously Garrett will be suspended for this, quite possibly for the rest of the year. It’s not an overreaction to say that he legitimately could’ve seriously injured Mason Rudolph had he connected more with his swing.

Football is a violent game. But it’s controlled violence. What Myles Garrett did was a malicious act that crossed the line from an accepted physical altercation to a borderline criminal act.

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