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.