The Cleveland Browns have named defensive lineman Myles Garrett captain for the team’s regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Kevin Stefanski announced on Friday.
“It’s a big a game, so I’m sending the big guy out there,” Stefanski said. “It is in no way a call back to anything previously, so I just want to make sure that is clear.”
The last time the Steelers visited Cleveland in 2019, Garrett assaulted Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph by hitting him over the head with his own helmet during a post-whistle skirmish late in what became a Cleveland victory.
Garrett was suspended for the act, and later accused Rudolph of uttering a racial slur, a charge Rudolph and his teammates have vehemently denied.
The teams have played two games since, both Steelers wins in Pittsburgh, and both were played without incident. Rudolph is expected to start for the first time in 2020, with the Steelers choosing to hold out starter Ben Roethlisberger with the AFC North title already locked up.
The NFL has changed protocols to have just one player from each team present at the coin toss this season. The Browns have been rotating through players for the honor. The Steelers have consistently used Roethlisberger as their lone captain.