Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett has been on an indefinite suspension ever since his controversial helmet swing at the head of Steelers QB Mason Rudolph. But he finally got his chance to appeal his case to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this month. With that meeting concluded, the league has made a decision on his reinstatement.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Garrett has been fully reinstated by the NFL. He may now return to the team. As a result, the suspension that Garrett received for grazing Mason Rudolph’s head with a helmet amounted to six games.
Garrett has been out of football since the day after the Thursday Night Football game between the Browns and Steelers. With seconds remaining in the game, Garrett tackled Rudolph to the ground on a screen-pass play, leading to a scuffle on the ground.
Garrett emerged with Rudolph’s helmet in his hand as he continued fighting with the Steelers linemen. Eventually, he swung the helmet, grazing Rudolph on the head. Garrett, Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers guard Mike Pouncey were all ejected and later suspended. Several other Steelers and Browns players received fines as well.
#Browns DL Myles Garrett has been reinstated following his suspension that took him off the field for the end of the 2019 season, source says. He met with the league office on Monday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2020
After the game, Browns QB Baker Mayfield and then-head coach Freddie Kitchens called out Garrett and everyone involved in the incident.
But in the days ahead, the story took a bizarre turn. There were unsubstantiated allegations that Rudolph used racially-tinged language when he and Garrett were on the ground.
When all is said and done though, the Browns will be happy to have Garrett back on a full-time basis. In the past 26 games he’s recorded 23.5 sacks and over 70 tackles, earning a Pro Bowl in the process.
One thing is for sure: The next Browns-Steelers game will be must-see TV.
Should Garrett have had his suspension reduced to time-served, or did he deserve more games?