Former Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet was tore off by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and struck the Steelers signal caller in the head in the final seconds of Thursday’s game in Cleveland.
Rudolph dumped a pass to running back Trey Edmunds, then was dragged to the ground by Garrett. Rudolph appeared to pull on Garrett’s helmet while the two were on the ground before Garrett ripped off the quarterback’s helmet once they stood up and hit Rudolph in the head with it.
Rudolph then turned with his arms up toward NFL official Clete Blakeman before he was pushed from behind to the ground by Browns tackle Larry Ogunjobi. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey started throwing punches and kicks at Garrett in the helmet while he was on the ground. Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey were all ejected.
Garrett received an indefinite suspension from the NFL that will keep him out for, at minimum, the rest of the 2019 season and any possible postseason appearance for the Browns. Pouncey received a three-game suspension and Ogunjobi a one-game suspension. All three punishments are subject to appeal and the NFL’s reasoning for the punishments is explained here.
Rudolph was 23 for 44 with 221 passing yards, and threw one touchdown and four interceptions in the Steelers’ 21-7 loss. Rudolph appeared to be OK after the hit to the head. He missed time earlier this season with a concussion after he was knocked unconscious by Ravens safety Earl Thomas in Week 5 in Pittsburgh.