February 12, 2020
Cleveland Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett has been reinstated by the NFL after being suspended for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet in a Nov. 14 game. The 24-year-old Garrett missed Cleveland’s final six games last season after his disturbing attack on Rudolph.
Garrett, the 2017 top overall pick, met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in the final step before he could be cleared.
As the Browns were wrapping up a rare win over the Steelers, Garrett pulled down Rudoplph after a pass attempt and the two wrestled on the ground. Rudolph tried to pull off Garrett’s helmet but couldn’t. Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and swung and struck him with it, triggering a brawl between the teams.
Rudolph avoided injury and was not suspended despite his attempt to grab Garrett’s helmet or charging at him. He was later fined $50,000 for his involvement in the melee. The league penalized 29 players $3,507 apiece for “entering the fight area.”
“We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” Browns vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry said. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”