Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was ejected from the Thursday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after ripping the helmet off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hitting him with it.
Garrett tackled Rudolph after he attempted a pass with under 30 seconds remaining in what became a 21-7 Cleveland victory.
After tackling Rudolph, Garrett did not get up, instead remaining locked onto to Rudolph and grabbing his facemask, even when Steelers linemen Matt Feiler and David DeCastro attempted to push Garrett away. That caused Rudolph’s helmet to come off, and Garrett swung it over DeCastro, hitting Rudolph in the head.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey then punched and kicked at Garrett as the players piled up in the end zone. Garrett, Pouncey and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi were all ejected.
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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked about the play coming off the field.
“I didn’t see why it started, but that’s inexcusable,” Mayfield said to FOX. “I don’t care, rivalry or not. We can’t do that. That’s kind of the history of what’s been going on here lately: hurting yourself. That’s just endangering the other team. That’s inexcusable. He knows that. I hope he does know. It’s tough. We’ll see. …
“The reality is, he’s going to get suspended. We don’t know how long. That hurts our team. We can’t do that. We can’t continue to hurt this team. That’s inexcusable.”