BEREA, Ohio – Myles Garrett will not play in this and possibly a longer season.
The NFL announced Friday that Cleveland Brown's defensive end has been suspended for the remainder of this season, including the playoffs should the Browns make it and before Garrett demolishes the helmet of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and him In the final seconds of the match on Thursday night he strikes in the head, he must meet with the office of the commissioner.
"Last night" I made a terrible mistake, "Garrett said in a statement issued Friday," I know that we are all responsible for our actions, and I can only prove my true character through my further actions. " I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and the NFL – I know that I have to be held accountable for what has happened, and I intend to do that too.
Garrett's suspension, which includes at least six games, is the longest in the history of the NFL for a single field incident.
In a NFL statement, "Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike behavior, fought, removed an opponent's helmet, and used the helmet as a weapon."
The NFL Released Brown's Defensive Tackle Larry Ogunjobi pushed Rudolph shortly after Garrett's head hit the Steelers quarterback Helmet Pittsburgh Center Maurkice Po Uncey, who stepped in at Garrett, kicked him and beat after Rudolph was beaten, was banned for three games.
All three players eliminated from the game on Thursday, a 21-7 win for Cleveland, are suspended without pay and will be penalized. In addition, the NFL has imposed a $ 250,000 fine on the Browns and Steelers organization. Pouncey and Ogunjobi also have three working days to appeal.
Stephen A. Smith agrees to the NFL's indefinite suspension of Myles Garrett and expects that he will still be suspended at the beginning of next season.
"What I did was stupid, and I should not allow myself to slip like that," Garrett said after the game. "It has no character, but a situation like this, in which it's an emotional game, and I've allowed myself to get into that emotion with what's happened."
Brown coach Freddie Kitchens said Friday the team will continue to support Garrett.
"He understands the extent of what happened last night, and he is very remorseful, he is very sorry for his actions," Kitchen said. "He understands that he has abandoned himself, that he has abandoned his teammates, that he has abandoned his organization.
" We regard our team as one family. And in a family, family members sometimes make mistakes. They support them in every possible way, even if it is a tremendous mistake. "
Rudolph does not expect a ban, but he faces a potential fine, one source said Fowler said the NFL left the door open to" additional discipline "of other players in the League's standard responsibility process, including those who left the bank and ran onto the field to enter the combat area.
Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam made a statement shortly after the NFL's decision.  "We are very disappointed with that What happened last night at the end of our game, "the statement says," It has no place in football and does not reflect the core values we aspire to as an organization. "We apologize sincerely to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the past three years, but his actions last night were utterly exhausting unacceptable. We understand the consequences of the league for its actions.
Garrett has been fined more than $ 50,000 this season for beating Delanie Walker of the tight end of the Tennessee Titans and Trevor Siemian of the New York Jets' quarterback. The second of them accused Siemian an ankle injury for the season.
Prior to Garrett's longest ban in NFL history in 2006, as the then Tennessee Titans defender Albert Haynesworth five games The helmet of Dallas Cowboys Center, Andre Gurode, kicked and stomped his face.
The close combat on Thursday began when Rudolph dropped off a pass in the late fourth quarter to run back to Trey Edmunds and was then pulled down by Garrett.
Rudolph seemed to be trying to replace Garrett's helmet when the defensive end was over him after a late strike. Rudolph kicked him from the floor into the groin. After getting up, Garrett tore off Rudolph's helmet and swung him along.
After Rudolph got up from the floor with his helmet in Garrett's hands, he approached Garrett because he felt he had "a bone he could take with him after what he did." Then swung Garrett the helmet at Rudolph.
"I know it's Bush League and a total coward on its part," Rudolph said. "I understand, but it's alright, I will not escape any bully out there."
Several Steelers and Browns players left the bench during the fight and ran into the end zone.
"As an organization, we are disappointed with what happened last night against the Cleveland Browns," said Steelers President Art Rooney II in a statement. "The actions of the players involved should not be part of a football game.
" Our players, coaches, and all members of the Steelers organization are well aware that we must always be serene, no matter what. After a hard-fought game between two rivals, it's a shame the game ended like that.
The Browns and Steelers play again with Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on December 1.
After the game Pouncey was not worried about his own punishment for the fight, he told reporters that he was in "protection mode." "After he saw how Garrett hit his quarterback with his helmet."
"It's bigger than football at the time," Pouncey said. "It's protection. … He could have killed him. What if he had hit the temple?
Despite the hit, Rudolph said he was "fine" and "good to go" after the game.
Pouncey, along with Steelers defender Cam Heyward, demanded Garrett's suspension after the game.
"Undoubtedly," Heyward said, "I do not care who's out there, we play this game, we all work for it – but for someone who uses a helmet as a weapon, it's inappropriate."
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin had "no comment" on the incident just to say, "You guys have seen what happened."
Several Cleveland players, including quarterback Baker Mayfield, have condemned the incident.
"Obviously, something is dangerous," Mayfield said, "It was hard to see."
After the game, a Steelers fan launched a GoFundMe to pay Pouncey's fine.