Close combat between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers late Thursday night led to three casualties and calls for N.F.L. Myles Garrett, who took off the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then swung him at the head to suspend Brown's defensive end "The reality is that he will be suspended."
The brawl began eight seconds behind Cleveland's 21-7 win after Rudolph completed a pass and was wrapped by Garrett, who held onto Rudolph and knocked him to the ground. Still on the lawn, Rudolph first tugged at Garrett's helmet and the two kept on wrestling.
"I found it pretty cowardly, rather bushy league," Rudolph later said.
Garrett told reporters after the game that he regretted his behavior.
"I made a mistake and lost control," he said, adding, "What I did was foolish, and I should not have allowed myself to fail like that. It had no character.
Within seconds of the helicopter attack, players from both banks were pouring onto the field. Not long after, Twitter was outraged, some by N.F.L. Player, past and present.
"He's done for the rest of the year," wrote Dez Bryant, a broad recipient who is currently a freelance agent.
Reggie Bush, the former, who runs back. wrote: "In my entire football life, this was perhaps the craziest thing I've ever seen on a football field!" He also predicted Garrett would be banned for 30 years, adding, "I hate it Not to see that in our game Not what professional football is about!
In an interview immediately after the game, Mayfield said that the passion of the Browns Steelers rivalry does not justify a player losing control like Garrett. "I do not care, rivalry or not, we can not," Mayfield said to Erin Andrews of Fox Sports. He added, "Endangering the other team is inexcusable, he knows, I hope he does it now."
The fight led to the expulsion of Garrett, Brown's defensive duel against Larry Ogunjobi, who knocked Rudolph to the ground After the quarterback responded that the helmet was swung against him, and Steelers Center Maurkice Pouncey, Garrett hit and kicked after swinging his helmet.
Garrett, for three personal fouls in the first month This season has been fined $ 52,639  may by the NFL earlier this year, the league continued the linebacker of Oakland Raiders, Vontaze Burfict, for the remaining 12 games of the season because a player He had deliberately hit the helmet of another player and Burfict had repeatedly delivered unauthorized hits, although he had been fined and suspended for past crimes.
Ga rrett said he would talk to his teammates on Friday. "I will address them all. I hurt my entire team, "he said, adding," I do not know what impact I will be exposed to. "
Brown coach Freddie Kitchens said he was embarrassed by the incident and could not predict what punishment the league would get down.
"We have to take what they have to give," he said. "I have never seen it in my life, we wait and see, Myles is very upset about it."
Rudolph said after the game that he did not feel any negative effects from the helmet bouncing on him, but he was stunned by Garrett's Behavior.
"Where did it cross the line?" Rudolph asked, "perhaps when he took off my helmet and used it as a weapon."