Myles Garrett was apologetic, but he’s challenging the NFL’s discipline.
The Browns star will appeal his indefinite suspension that is set to last at least the remainder of this season, according to NFL Network, after he hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with Rudolph’s helmet Thursday night.
Garrett, 23, will argue that players cannot be suspended for an indefinite period of time for on-field acts under the collective bargaining agreement, NFL Network reports. The defensive end is looking for an exact number of games along with a reduction of the suspension which at minimum will cost him the final six regular-season games and any potential postseason games this year. He will not get paid while suspended.
“Last night, I made a terrible mistake,” Garrett said Friday in a statement. “I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward.
“I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”
Meanwhile, Rudolph is expected to be fined for his role in the incident, in which the quarterback grabbed at Garrett’s helmet before Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off and bashed Rudolph in the head. According to ESPN, the fine guideline for a first-time fighting offense is $35,096.
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