The fate of Myles Garrett’s suspension was decided at long last today. At the same time, we have learned the result of the fine appeal by Mason Rudolph, the quarterback at the other end of that ugly incident last season.
During a game between Garrett’s Cleveland Browns and Rudolph’s Pittsburgh Steelers this past season, a nasty scuffle broke out. Garrett, one of the NFL’s most feared defensive ends, took Rudolph’s helmet off, and violently swung it at him, hitting him on the top of the head.
Luckily, Rudolph was not seriously injured on the play. After the game, Garrett was handed an indefinite suspension. Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey and Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi were suspended for three games and one game respectively. Rudolph was fined $50,000 for his role in the incident.
Today, Myles Garrett was officially reinstated from his suspension. He wound up serving six games to end the season, and would have missed the postseason, had the Browns made a playoff run. Mason Rudolph appealed his fine, but after learning of Garrett’s reinstatement, Mike Garafolo reported that Rudolph will not have it waived. He responded to an Ian Rapoport tweet, clarifying as much this afternoon.
Actually, to put a bow on this one, Rudolph's fine was upheld recently, according to a source. The backlog of appeals took a while to work through but that decision came down. https://t.co/7uo90Kz7UI
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 12, 2020
Garrett finished the season with 29 total tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 10 games. In 2018, his only full season thus far after injury shortened his rookie campaign, he had 13.5 sacks. He has 30.5 on his career so far.
Rudolph played in 10 games for the Steelers in 2019, starting eight. He split time with Devlin “Duck” Hodges after the injury to Ben Roethlisberger during the season. On the year, he passed for 1,765 yards, 13 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
Next year’s first Browns-Steelers game will definitely be appointment television, though it is unlikely that Rudolph will be involved, barring a setback with Big Ben. Either way, Garrett will probably be fired up for that one.