Last Thursday night, an ugly scene unfolded as the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers faced off in a division-rivalry contest.
Star defensive end Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then hit him with it. Garrett received an indefinite suspension for his actions, while Rudolph reportedly received just a fine.
On the play, Garrett appeared to hit Rudolph late. Rudolph responded to the hit by appearing to try to take Garrett's helmet off, which started the brawl.
On Wednesday morning, Rudolph met with reporters and released a brief statement about that play and the subsequent fallout. After his statement, reporters asked Rudolph if he instigated or said anything to Garrett before the brawl broke out.
"I definitely didn't say anything that escalated it. But like I said, I have to do a better job of keeping my composure in those situations," he said.
Rudolph apologized to the Steelers and the league for his role in the fight. However, he fell just short of admitting he played a significant part in the brawl.
Garrett reportedly met with the NFL this morning to appeal his suspension. The CBA does not allow for indefinite suspensions - which he received - so it's likely the league will attach a number of games to the suspension at some point.
Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey received a three-game suspension, while Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension.
Pittsburgh and Cleveland face off again in just two weeks.