Nasty helmet-swinging fight mars Browns win over Steelers

Nasty helmet-swinging fight mars Browns win over Steelers

Garrett then ripped Rudolph's helmet off his head, and when Rudolph came at Garrett, Garrett swung the helmet and hit Rudolph in the head with it.

The league also said Garrett must meet with commissioner Roger Goodell's office prior to reinstatement and has been fined an undisclosed amount. Rudolph told reporters later that he felt "fine" after the incident.

As some observers have pointed out, in a struggle on the ground, Rudolph can be seen pulling at Garrett's helmet, seemingly trying to remove it.

The incident started when Garrett tackled Rudolph to the ground well after the quarterback had thrown the ball to running back Trey Edmunds. Then Garrett swung the helmet onto the former Oklahoma State quarterback's head.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield gave his perspective from the bench in a postgame interview with Fox. "I know we play a sport that's violent, but it should never have gotten handled like that". The Garrett episode came just a few hours after the team released troubled wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who was suspended Friday by the league for another violation of the substance abuse policy.

Garrett was also made available to the media after the game, a 21-7 win, and called his actions "foolish".

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Garrett apologized to him and the defensive end said he intends to talk to his teammates. "I think his punishment should be pretty serious to set precedence that that's not going to be tolerated in the National Football League".

"I know who I am and the guys within these walls know who I am and that's not me", he said, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

"In all my life of football that might have been the craziest thing I have seen on a football field!" said Reggie Bush, a former Heisman Trophy victor who retired from the NFL two years ago. It's absolutely insane. It's actually in the rulebook where it says you actually can not take a player's helmet off and use it as a weapon.

Steelers President Art Rooney II expressed his team's disappointment with the home team's conduct, saying in a Friday statement, "The actions of the players involved were not something that should be part of any football game". It was a melee unlike we've seen in the NFL. "I am not going to back down from any bully out there", Rudolph said after the game. It's not good. He understands what he did, and he understands it's totally unacceptable, and we have to get through it. My man got hit in the head with a helmet. "We don't know how long, but that hurts our team". He was also asked if Rudolph said anything to provoke his reaction, to which Garrett responded, "I'm not going to comment on it".

Kitchens clearly was not happy with Garrett for losing his cool and overshadowing a huge win for the Browns, who have won two straight games to salvage a season that was starting to slip away.

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