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Brawl near end of NFL game, Browns defender rips helmet off Steelers QB, strikes him in the head

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Posted at 11:16 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 12:10:49-05

The NFL has indefinitely suspended former Texas A&M star defensive end Myles Garrett for the rest of the season for his role in a nasty melee that marred the end of Thursday's NFL game that saw the Cleveland Browns defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7, in a battle between two traditional rivals.

With just eight seconds remaining, Browns defender Garrett ripped the helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. Garrett then used the helmet to strike Rudolph.

This came as players from both the Browns and Steelers were exchanging punches and shoves.

Additionally, Stelers lineman Maurkice Pouncey has been suspended three games and Browns lineman Larry Ogunjobi for one game.

Rudolph has been banned for the remainder of the regular season and postseason, the NFL said. He also must meet with the commissioner's office prior to being reinstated next season.

All three players have been fined.

The incident began when Rudolph made a short pass while Garrett was attempting a sack. As the two players were on the ground, it appeared Rudolph may have been either trying to remove Garrett's helmet, or had his hand stuck in Garrett's helmet. Then Garrett pulled Rudolph's lid off, and Rudolph responded by getting into a shoving match with Garrett. That is when Garrett struck Rudolph in the head with Rudolph's helmet.

In a postgame interview with Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield called Garrett's actions inexcusable, and predicted that Garrett would be suspended.

"I don't care rivalry or not, we can't do that," Mayfield said. "That is just endangering the other team."

Garrett himself called his actions "foolish."

"I shouldn't allow myself to slip like that. It's out of character," Garrett said.