Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph accepted some responsibility Wednesday for his role in escalating the brawl at the end of last week's loss to the Browns, but he did not directly discuss his attempt to pull Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett's helmet off or his apparent kicks to Garrett's groin.
Five days after being suspended indefinitely for ripping off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and clubbing him in the head with it, Garrett and the NFLPA met with league officials Wednesday morning in NY.
In handing down its swift ruling on Friday, only 12 hours after the game ended, the league said Garrett's suspension was "at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason".
Mason Rudolph says he was reacting naturally, trying to get Myles Garrett off of him at the end of an already-lost game.
Thrash did rescind a $10,527 fine for Ogunjobi, who will have to sit out this week's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Garrett would go on to his Rudolph over the head with the quarterback's helmet.
A 2017 No. 1 overall draft pick, Garrett made the case for his suspension being reduced on Tuesday in NY to Thrash, jointly appointed by the league and NFLPA to hear player appeals.
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That's when Garrett yanked off Rudolph's helmet, swinging it and connecting with the top of the QB's head.
"Probably one of the best teammates I've ever had.", Rudolph said of Pouncey.
Even if reduced from three games to two on appeal, Pouncey's suspension would run through the Steelers' second game against the Browns.
Rudolph took exception to Garrett wrapping him up, calling it "late". If the suspension is upheld, Garrett will forfeit more than $1 million in salary and pay an undisclosed amount in fines. Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension.
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens on Thursday declined to address his discussions with Garrett about the incident.
"There's no excuse for that to happen on a football field", Kitchens said. "Myles has great representation, but more importantly, Myles will represent himself well".