Could Mason Rudolph consider legal action against Myles Garrett?

Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett has been banned indefinitely without pay after his violent assault on Pitssburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. As Rudolph stood up, Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off and swung it at him as offensive lineman David DeCastro tried to push Garrett away.

Additionally, the Steelers and Browns have each been fined $250,000.

Tim Younger, the agent for Rudolph, told ESPN "no options have been removed from the table" as far as legal options while Cleveland police told ESPN there is no investigation of the incident because Rudolph has not filed a complaint.

Rudolph got his hand on Garrett's helmet first as the players grappled on the ground, but Garrett escalated the brawl after he got back on his feet.

After they tussled on the turf, Garrett pulled off Rudolph's helmet.

The quarterback was dragged to the ground by Garrett and after tussling on the floor, Garrett dislodged Rudolph's helmet from his head and proceeded to swing it at the former Oklahoma State quarterback's head.

FOX Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira said during the broadcast he expected Garrett to receive a multi-game suspension for his actions.

"We've got 5 seconds to go in the game, the biggest game this team has won. beating Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the same year. there's 52 other guys on the team, that hurt, and it's going to hurt going forward".

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Pouncey, explaining his own actions, said after the game that Garrett "could have killed" Rudolph.

Garrett said it was not like him to lose his temper like that. "I'm not going to back down from any bully". "We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers".

"I made a mistake, I lost my cool", Garrett said afterward.

The bigger tell of how much the National Football League cares about the game's endemic violence and risk of head trauma is whether it cares to penalize Randall.

Retired NFL runningback Reggie Bush took to social media, saying, "In all my life of football that might have been the craziest thing I have seen on a football field!".

"I'm embarrassed, Myles is embarrassed. He understands it's totally unacceptable and we have to get through it". "But I also hate how Mason Rudolph isn't being called out for his punk ass move that started it", one person said.

Rudolph sustained a concussion in October after taking a hit to the head and laying motionless on the field before he exited the game. "I am hurting my whole team with what I did, and it could come back to bite us". It's inexcusable and he knows that. "But a situation like that where it's an emotional game, like Larry [Ogunjobi] said, and I allowed myself to fall into those emotions with that last play and what happened".

Earlier this year, Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the rest of his season - amounting to 12 regular season games and the playoffs - for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a player on September 29.

  • Lawrence Cooper