Many immediately speculated Garrett will receive a multi-game suspension, and NFLN’s Ian Rapoport confirmed that is on the table.
He also noted Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth received a five-game suspension for stomping on Cowboys offensive lineman Andre Gurode in 2006, while others have brought up former Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict receiving multiple multiple-game suspensions for incidents that occurred on the field.
Burfict signed with the Raiders in the offseason and earlier this year received a season-ending suspension after an illegal hit in Week 4.
Another popular reference point comes from outside of football: In the NHL in 2000, Marty McSorley was suspended for more than a quarter of the regular season and all of the playoffs after hitting Donald Brashear in the head with his stick. McSorley was also found guilty in a Canadian court of assault with a deadly weapon.
Rapoport also noted Rudolph’s agent weighed in on Twitter by saying, “Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. The matter will be reviewed thoroughly.”
When the punishment might come down is unclear.
The Browns (4-6) have six games left and trail the AFC North division-leading Ravens by 3.5 games while the 5-5 Steelers are still a game ahead of Cleveland and 2.5 behind Baltimore.