The NFL has announced they have suspended Myles Garrett indefinitely for his immense role in the brawl at the culmination of Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Cleveland defensive end, in the final minutes of the primetime game, was responsible for a late hit on Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph. It appears words were exchanged before Garrett grabbed Rudolph by the helmet, ripping the quarterback’s helmet off and smacking him over the head with it.
Rudolph, in his third game back after suffering a scary concussion, is quite lucky that he didn’t suffer another serious and potentially fatal head injury.
Garrett will surely appeal the suspension and the league will likely be able to set an exact date for his return. However, per the terms of the suspension, the minimum that Garrett will be inactive for is the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. His 2019 is over, and although he will likely be back in football at some point next year, it isn’t out of the question that the NFL could uphold the lifetime ban and make him file for reinstatement when he feels he is ready to return.
The Browns’ defensive end was the biggest star on his defensive unit, leading the team in stats and appearing fourth on the league’s leaderboard in that category with 10. Garrett was also fourth in the league in tackles for loss at the time of his suspension.
There are varying opinions about Garrett’s suspension. The majority of fans appear to agree with suspending him for the rest of this season. Several people have explained that Garrett should never don a football jersey again, while others cite that the league issues a four-game suspension for domestic violence and thus should treat Garrett’s actions less critical than players responsible for domestic violence.