NFL players react to Browns’ Myles Garrett swinging helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is now set to face a severe punishment from the NFL for using a helmet to take a swing at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, connecting with his head in the middle of a brutal brawl in the final seconds of the Browns’ 21-7 win over the Steelers on “Thursday Night Football” in Week 11.

Garrett will be hearing from the NFL shortly, but for now, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens made it clear he does not condone what the Cleveland defensive end did.

“So there’s 52 other guys on the team that hurt, and it’s going to hurt moving forward. So, we don’t condone that,” Kitchens said after the game. “Myles understands what he did wrong, all right? He’s got to maintain his composure. Just like he had to do at the start of the year. He had to maintain his composure. 

“I think people get helmet-to-helmet contacts every week. I think Myles wishes he had used better composure with 5 seconds left to go in the game.”

Kitchens’ comments echoed a similar sentiment to Baker Mayfield and other Browns teammates.

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Many of the NFL’s top players (current and former) took to social media after Garrett’s actions and expressed their opinion on the fight that sent the league into embarrassment. 

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey defended his actions as he was ejected from the game for fighting with Garrett after his helmet swing. Pouncey will likely be facing a suspension for kicking Garrett in the head, but the punishment was not his main concern as the incident devolved and the offensive lineman has no regrets about defending his quarterback.

“At that point, it’s bigger than football. It’s protection,” Pouncey said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “He could have killed him. What if he’d hit in him the temple?”

You can find the full video of Pouncey’s interview here.

Rudolph wasn’t expecting any sympathy from Garrett after the game, nor was he going to give him a pass for his actions.

“Where did it cross the line? Maybe where he took my helmet off and used it as a weapon,” Rudolph said. “I know it was bush league. It was a total coward move on his part. It’s OK; I’ll take it. I’m not gonna take it from any bully.”

In the moments since the fight erupted, social media was set ablaze. Several other current and former NFL players have since weighed in.

Kitchens was also clearly frustrated over what transpired in the final seconds. 

“I never OK’d fights. Did I want them to get after their ass? Yes, I did. But that’s not fighting, that’s not after the whistle,” Kitchens said. “That’s between the whistles, yes. I never condone fighting on a football field because that’s penalties. I don’t coach penalties. I don’t coach false starts. I don’t coach, after the whistle, grabbing somebody’s face mask. I don’t coach that. … I never in my life condoned a fight. That’s a penalty.”

The Browns and Steelers will meet again in 17 days, but the fight will be stuck and entrenched around the NFL for a long time. 



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