Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said he expects that defensive end Myles Garrett will be suspended by the NFL for his late-game attack against Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on Thursday.
Garrett seemed fairly certain of that outcome, as well, saying that his actions will “come back to hurt our team.”
But what nobody seems particularly sure of is how long Garrett will be suspended for.
Most of the longest suspensions in NFL history have come from off-the-field incidents or players with significant repeat violations, such as Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who is serving a 12-game suspension through the end of this season.
For singular on-the-field incidents, the longest suspension was five games handed out to Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for stomping on an opponent in 2006.
Fox NFL rules analyst and former NFL head official Mike Pereira believes that Garrett will likely receive a suspension in the neighborhood of four games.
“To me, Garrett is going to have a pretty lengthy suspension, and not just because of what he did [Thursday],” Pereira said. “You can look at the season. He’s already been fined twice for hits on the quarterback and now you take this incident. I’m not going to be surprised if we don’t see something that could approach four games. I don’t know how long that they have gone before for an incident like this, but I think four games is probably going to be what they do.”
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Any suspension longer than two games would cause Garrett to miss the Steelers and Browns’ rematch at Heinz Field on Dec. 1.
Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and even Rudolph himself could all still face supplemental discipline from the league for their actions in the fracas.
All parties can always appeal any potential suspension.
Terrell Edmunds Explains New Nickname
Terrell Edmunds informs the media, including Mike Asti and Alan Saunders of Steelers Now, about his new nickname. Call him “Old Fashioned” from now on. He also expresses how feels about the current state of the Steelers, and that’s obviously includes being happy about the team’s record but also understanding the need to improve.
Steelers Week 10 Game vs. Bengals Flexed to 4:25 p.m. National Broadcast
The Steelers game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 has been flexed into a national television broadcast slot.
The Steelers and Bengals will now kick off at Heinz Field on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:25 p.m. The game had originally been scheduled to kick at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast nationally on FOX. All of that weekend’s early games will be broadcast on FOX, as CBS has coverage of The Masters, which was rescheduled from this summer.
The game will be Pittsburgh’s first matchup against 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 pick, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
The Steelers are also playing a 4:25 p.m., nationally broadcast game in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. That game will be televised by CBS.
That will be the second time this season the Steelers will be placed in a nation-wide television slot. The team opened the season playing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
The Steelers’ Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans was protected by CBS in a 1 p.m. time slot, but was broadcast nearly nationwide, with CBS only showing two other 1 p.m. games.
The Steelers will play on national television at least three more times this season: against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Nov. 26, on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 13 and at the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Dec. 21.
What Does Being NFL’s Last Unbeaten Team Portend for Steelers?
The Steelers are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL after beating the formerly unbeaten Tennessee Titans on Sunday while the Seattle Seahawks lost on Sunday night, leaving the Steelers as the only 6-0 team in the nation.
What does that mean for them in the long term? Not as much as you might think.
In the last 20 years, one of the last undefeated teams didn’t even make the playoffs three times: 2002 4-0 San Diego Chargers, 2014 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles and the 2016 5-0 Minnesota Vikings. Ten other times, one of the last undefeated teams (some years, there are more than one), lost in the first or second round of the NFL playoffs.
Just once since 2000 has the last undefeated team won the Super Bowl, in 2006 when the Indianapolis Colts started 9-0 on the way to winning Super Bowl XLI.
In the first three decades of the league’s modern era, that was significantly different. The last undefeated team won six Super Bowls in the 1990s, two in the 1980s and three in the 1970s, including the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who finished a perfect 17-0, the only team in NFL history to do so.
More recently, being the last undefeated team has resulted in a bunch of Super Bowl losses, including the last time the Steelers were the league’s last unbeaten team.
The 2001 St. Louis Rams, 2002 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Eagles, 2007 New England Patriots, 2009 Colts, 2010 Steelers, 2015 Carolina Panthers, 2018 Los Angeles Rams and the 2019 San Francisco 49ers all made it to the championship game after being the last undefeated team before losing in the end.