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NFL suspends Browns' Myles Garrett indefinitely for helmet incident

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely Friday for an incident late in Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Garrett removed the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and later swung the helmet and struck Rudolph in the head with it.

The league said Garrett will be suspended at least through the rest of the regular season and the postseason and will need to meet with the commissioner's office regarding reinstatement.

The Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey was suspended for three games and the Browns' Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for one game. All the suspensions are without pay and can be appealed.

The Browns and Steelers organizations were fined $250,000 each.

"I made a mistake," Garrett told reporters after the game. "I lost my cool, and I regret it's gonna come back to hurt our team. The guys who jumped into the scrum, I appreciate my team having my back. But it should never have gotten that far. It's on me."

The melee between the two teams started in the final seconds of the Browns' 21-7 triumph in Cleveland after Garrett hit Rudolph following a throw. Rudolph attempted to pull Garrett's helmet from his head as the two players wrestled on the turf. Garrett eventually yanked off Rudolph's helmet and, with both players back on their feet and Garrett being pushed by Steelers guard David DeCastro, Garrett swung the helmet and it hit Rudolph's unguarded head.
Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey were ejected from the game. Pouncey hit and kicked Garrett during the fracas. He told reporters in the Steelers' locker room Thursday night that he was "in protection mode" and would accept any penalty given to him by the NFL. Pouncey also said that Garrett "absolutely, 100%" should be suspended for the remainder of the season.

Here is a statement from Garrett released by the Browns:

News Wire Services contributed to this story.

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