NFL Facing Pressure Over How Long To Suspend Myles Garrett
The Browns' 21-7 victory over the Steelers on "TNF" last night "culminated in one of the ugliest on-field incidents in NFL history" when Browns DE Myles Garrett swung a helmet and hit the head of Steelers QB Mason Rudolph. The Browns acknowledged that the NFL will "begin a review that could result in a lengthy suspension for Garrett" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/15). Fox' Joe Buck said during the broadcast, "That’s one of the worst things I’ve seen on a professional sports field." Fox' Troy Aikman added, "This is a multiple-game suspension right here" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/14). NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will have to "act swiftly and decisively in disciplining Garrett." If not, the league "risks losing credibility after professing to prioritize the protection of its players, especially quarterbacks" (TRIBLIVE.com, 11/15).
The incident last night left Steelers players "advocating for Garrett to be suspended for the rest of the season." Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey said, "Absolutely, 100 percent. We’ll see how serious the NFL is" (TRIBLIVE.com, 11/14). Steelers President Art Rooney II said Garrett should be suspended "for at least a couple games" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/15).
ESPN.com wrote the NFL "must issue the longest suspension for a single on-field act in its history," ending Garrett's '19 season with six games remaining on the Browns' schedule and "making clear to the world that what happened at FirstEnergy Stadium is one of the worst moments on the field in its history." The longest suspension the NFL has "issued for a single on-field incident is five games," when then-Titans DT Albert Haynesworth "ripped the helmet off" Cowboys C Andre Gurode and then "kicked and stomped on his face" (ESPN.com, 11/14).