After a brawl broke out with just seconds remaining in the “Thursday Night Football” clash between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, the NFL came out with a batch of fines and suspensions Friday morning.
The game, televised by Fox, was already decided, with Cleveland winning it 21-7, when a scuffle broke out between Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett. After the two men tangled a bit on the ground, Garrett was able to pull off Rudolph’s helmet and then hit the Steelers QB on his unprotected head with it.
Other players quickly entered the fray. The NFL this morning announced a number of suspensions and fines.
The New York Post reports that Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay, for a minimum of the remainder of the current season and postseason.
“He also has to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement, as well as pay an individual fine,” The Post reports.
The NFL said in a statement: “Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules. As well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”
Hit with shorter suspensions were Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey and Cleveland’s Larry Ogunjobi.
“Pouncey was hit with a three-game suspension without pay and an individual fine as well, for coming to Rudolph’s defense by punching and kicking Garrett,” The Post reports. “Ogunjobi was suspended for one game without pay with an additional fine after he pushed Rudolph in the back after the quarterback had been pulled away from Garrett.”
The Steelers and Browns were each also hit with $250,000 fines.
The NFL added in its statement: “Additional discipline for other players will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area.”
Here’s a “CBS This Morning” report on the brawl, which includes footage of the fight …