On Thursday night, the NFL touted what should have been a solid matchup between division rivals as the Cleveland Browns hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC North battle.
However, the game was marred by injuries to both teams as defense won the day.
Cleveland dominated from the opening whistle, but things turned ugly late in the game.
With just eight seconds left on the clock, Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph stepped back to pass. He got the ball away just as Browns defensive end Myles Garrett came in for a sack.
He and Garrett got tangled up and started shoving each other. Garrett then ripped the helmet off of Rudolph’s head – but he didn’t stop there.
Garrett swung the helmet at Rudolph’s uncovered head.
After the game, FOX sideline reporter Erin Andrews caught up with quarterback Baker Mayfield.
He had an honest take on the situation.
“That’s inexcusable, he knows that. I don’t care rivalry or not…We can’t do that. The reality is…he’s going to get suspended,” Mayfield said.
Baker Mayfield to FOX on the field postgame:
"That’s inexcusable. I don’t care, rivalry or not. We can’t do that. … He’s going to get suspended."
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) November 15, 2019
He’s right, Garrett’s actions are inexcusable. Taking a player’s helmet and then swinging that helmet back at the player is crossing the line.
There will be multiple suspensions – lengthy ones – coming tomorrow for several players.