On Thursday, the NFL made decisions regarding Maurkice Pouncey and Myles Garrett’s suspensions.
Both players appealed their suspensions following the brawl on Thursday Night Football. During the fight, Myles Garrett used Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s helmet as a weapon, hitting him on the head with it. Pittsburgh’s center, Maurkice Pouncey, then retaliated by punching and kicking Garrett while he was on the ground.
The NFL’s Ian Rapoport announced the league’s decisions on Thursday afternoon.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 21, 2019
Pouncey’s suspension has been reduced from three games to two. His fine of almost $36,000 was upheld. He also will not be paid for the two games he misses.
Garrett, however, will still miss the remainder of the 2019 season. That includes any playoff games the Browns play if they make the postseason. He will also not be paid for any of the games he misses. His suspension is technically indefinite, and the league has not set an end date. Garrett could possibly miss games next season, as well.
Cleveland DT Larry Ogunjobi’s one game suspension was also upheld. His fine of over $10,500 was rescinded.
Being that both teams still have playoff aspirations, these are huge losses. Most especially for the Browns, who sit in third in the AFC North at 4-6. The Steelers’ hill is only slightly easier to climb at 5-5.
The silver lining here is that both teams play what should prove to be easy games in Week 12. Pittsburgh visits winless Cincinnati and the Browns play the Dolphins, who are also tanking, despite their two wins.
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