Browns’ Myles Garrett Speaks Out on Facing Mason Rudolph After Last Year’s Helmet Incident

by Thad Mitchell

In one of the memorable moments in National League Football League history, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett delivered a helmet shot to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

The play occurred during the 2019 season in a matchup pitting the Browns and Steelers. After the play had been whistled dead, Garrett and Rudolph engaged in an altercation.

The end result was Garrett ripping off the quarterback’s helmet and then using it to strike him on top of his head. The defensive end was hit with a lengthy suspension and fine for his part in the altercation. The league suspended him “indefinitely” for the incident but he was reinstated in February 2020. He would ultimately miss six games due to the suspension.

Two other players were also suspended by the NFL for their roles in the fight. Pittsburgh Steelers Maurkice Pouncey, who could be seen joining the fight, was suspended for three games. Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for one game.

Myles Garrett Prepares for Mason Rudolph and Steelers

For the first time since the incident, Garrett and Rudolph will see each other on the field as the Steelers and Browns meet. Rudolph will be filling in for starting quarterback Ben Rothlisberger for the game. Having already clinched a spot in the AFC playoffs, the Steelers have little to play for and will rest their starters.

The Browns have a lot to play for. If they defeat the Steelers, the team will enter the playoffs for the first time since 2002. If the lose Sunday’s game, they are far less likely to make the postseason.

Speaking to the media this week, Garrett says he knows all eyes will be on him during the game. When a reporter asks him if he would be hesitant to legally hit Rudolph during the game, he gave a very blunt answer.

“Get out of here with that,” he says to the reporter. “That won’t run through my mind at all. He’ll get hit just like everybody else. I’m not going to put a pillow underneath his head before I take him to the ground. But I’m not going to do anything extra.”

All eyes will indeed be on Myles Garrett and Rudolph this weekend. The matchup is set for tomorrow (Sunday) at 1 p.m. ET.