- Thursday’s game between the Browns and Steelers was almost over when Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph got into a scuffle that will not be soon forgotten.
- Both teams had slim playoff hopes, and now those hopes have been shattered.
- Garrett and Rudolph must own the blame when their teams miss the playoffs.
Heading into Thursday night’s game, the playoff hopes for the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers were slim at best. Winning the game would only keep those slim hopes alive, not improve them. But thanks to the unfortunate incident between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph, those slim playoff hopes are now dead.
Myles Garrett & Others – But Not Rudolph – Already Punished
With a mess like that, it would be best for the NFL to react quickly. They can’t appear soft in any way, shape, or form on someone using a helmet as a weapon—or on anything else that transpired during that debacle. If any of the players involved want to argue mitigating circumstances or plea for leniency, that is what the appeal process is for.
But it looks like the league got this right, with the glaring exception of leaving out Rudolph:
There is no defense for Myles Garrett. He is just lucky that he didn’t connect with Rudolph’s head better than he did. Had he done so, he would probably be looking at something even harsher than he already is. While he is not known for this level of violence, he has committed a few penalties and accumulated some fines already this season. They likely factored into the decision on his punishment:
Some have been critical of Baker Mayfield, which is nothing new, for his comments after the game, but Mayfield did the right thing. That type of violence can not be condoned or excused in any way.
Mason Rudolph Is Not a Victim
Since the incident ended, Mason Rudolph has been busy playing the victim. In his postgame comments, he referred to Garrett’s actions as “bush-league” and “cowardly.” But his were not any better.