The NFL announced Friday that Myles Garrett’s 2019 season is over no matter how long the Browns are playing.
The Cleveland defensive end is suspended indefinitely and must meet with the commissioner’s office to discuss reinstatement, but he will not be back on the field this season. His suspensions will be a minimum of the last six games of this season and any postseason games the Browns might play.
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The league also fined Garrett for violating unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules as well as fighting, removing an opponent’s helmet and using the helmet as a weapon.
“We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement released by the team. "There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization.”
Teammate Larry Ogunjobi is also suspend for a game for unnecessary roughness as a result of shoving an opposing player during the fight that broke out after Garrett and Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph got into it at the end of a play with eight seconds left in Cleveland’s 21-7 win Thursday night.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended for three games as a result of punching and kicking Garrett after Garrett hit Rudolph in the head with Rudolph’s helmet.
All three players were fined on top of losing their paychecks while they are suspended.
The organizations were also fined $250,000 each.
Other players, including those who left the bench area to enter the fight area, will be disciplined later in what the league termed “the standard accountability process.”
The players may appeal their suspensions within three days. The appeals would be heard by one of two former players —Derrick Brooks or James Thrash— appointed jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association to decide appeals for on-field player discipline.
“We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers,” the Haslams said. “Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions.”
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