National Football League upholds Garrett's season-ending ban

National Football League upholds Garrett's season-ending ban

While we are still waiting on the National Football League to officially announce the repercussions of Thursday night's melee between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the expectation is that quarterback Mason Rudolph will only be fined for his role in the incident.

His suspension was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash and Ogunjobi will now sit out Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games for throwing punches and a kick at Garrett. Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension.

Cleveland's Myles Garrett reportedly will argue his suspension appeal in person on Wednesday.

Garrett is banned for the final six regular-season games and playoffs for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet last week. The league said those rulings will be issued later this week.

Garrett's hearing started around 9:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, and the Pro Bowl defensive end was seen leaving less than two hours later. His media session scheduled for Thursday was cancelled.

Garrett was one of three players to receive a suspension for their actions in the brawl last Thursday.

During his appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, the Browns defensive end claimed Rudolph called him a racial slur right before a fight broke out between Cleveland and Pittsburgh at the end of their "Thursday Night Football" game on November 14, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson. "I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable". "We're not going to pile on Myles", Kitchens said, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter. "I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so". "Great respect for his ability as a player".

"As for my involvement last week, there's no acceptable excuse".

After getting knocked down, Rudolph appeared to grab at Garrett's helmet before Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and, with Steelers' offensive linemen attempting to intervene, hit the quarterback in the head with it. "I feel like if it was you and your teammate in that situation you would do the same thing".

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell said he has been unfairly targeted by the league after taking a fifth test this season for performance enhancers and criticizes the NFL's policy.

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