Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s banishment from the NFL is officially over.
Following a face-to-face meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, the NFL announced Wednesday morning that Garrett has been reinstated effective immediately. The season-long season resulted from the controversially helmet ripping and tossing incident with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Myles Garrett reinstated by the NFL, it won't surprise me if he ends up hitting abother player in the head with a helmet again pic.twitter.com/m5gBHnttF2
— Dakota Fuqua (@DakotaFuqua77) February 12, 2020
Garrett is now permitted to rejoin the team at their facility for offseason workouts and future practices.
“We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” said Browns Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”
The former No. 1 overall pick of the Browns has never faced any NFL discipline prior to the suspension. He was on his way to a Pro Bowl worthy season with 10 sacks. In his first three NFL seasons, Garrett has collected 30.5 sacks which are the most-ever by a Browns player in the first three years of their career.
Myles Garrett's reinstatement is effective immediately. But for now he has other plans. Garrett is captain of the NFL's Waterboys program, which works to bring clean water to communities in need in East Africa. He is is set to depart on a humanitarian trip next week to Tanzania.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 12, 2020
One loose end with the Myles Garrett/Mason Rudolph situation: As @MikeGarafolo has mentioned, Rudolph’s appeal of his $50K fine still has not been decided upon because of a backlog of appeals. Garrett’s fate was decided today, Rudolph’s wallet waits.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2020