The Pittsburgh Steelers’ performance in Week 11 vs. the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football was bad. But what was worse was the way the game ended when Myles Garrett took Mason Rudolph to the ground with 8 seconds remaining in the game.
Then bedlam ensued.
The end result was Rudolph trying to fight his way back to his feet, while Garrett ripped his helmet off and eventually struck Rudolph with his own helmet.
How egregious was the act? So egregious Rudolph’s legal team isn’t ruling out potential legal action against Garrett after they brawl.
“I am gathering all information and no options have been removed from the table,” Tim Younger told ESPN via text message Friday morning.
“There are many risks an NFL QB assumes every snap taken on the field,” Younger tweeted out after the game Thursday night. “Being hit on your uncovered head by a helmet being swung by a 275-pound DE is not one of them. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. The matter will be reviewed thoroughly.”
After the game both Mike Tomlin and Rudolph were asked about the situation, and while Tomlin chose to keep his thoughts to himself, Rudolph was glad to answer what he thought.
“It was pretty cowardly,” Rudolph said. “Pretty bush league.”
The NFL league office will have their hands full with this situation. Outside of obvious punishment to Garrett, the league will also have to look into Maurkice Pouncey who came in to defend his quarterback and threw several punches, and even a kick, to Garrett as he was being taken to the ground.
There is a good chance several punishments, including both fines and suspensions, will be handed out, so stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding this situation, and the Steelers as they prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12.