Attempting to rip off Myles Garrett’s helmet, a foot in Garrett’s groin and charging after Garrett will cost Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph … $50,000.
Rudolph wasn’t suspended for his role in the ugly Browns-Steelers brawl Nov. 14 with eight seconds left in Cleveland’s 21-7 win but received a hefty fine from the NFL. The league used the umbrella of unsportsmanlike conduct in explaining Rudolph’s fine.
The altercation between Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Rudolph was the main event in the fight, but dozens more entered the fray. Thirty-three players were disciplined for their roles — three suspensions, the Rudolph fine and 29 fined $3,507 each for entering the fighting area.
Total fines from the melee are $732,422, with each team organization docked $250,000.
The violence also came before the final eight seconds, with three Browns defenders drawing fines for hits to the head.
Free safety Damarious Randall was fined $28,075 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Diontae Johnson that caused a concussion and got Randall ejected.
Rookie cornerback Greedy Williams was fined the same amount for a concussion-causing helmet-to-helmet hit of receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Defensive end Chad Thomas was fined $21,056 for a high hit on Rudolph.
When their money is included, the cash lost from the game is a staggering $809,628. When the $1,305,805 in game checks that will be lost during the suspensions is added, the number climbs to $2,115,433.
The Browns are responsible for $1,596,057, the Steelers $519,376.
Garrett accused Rudolph of calling him a racial slur before the fight but said that was no excuse for pulling off Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him over the head with it. Garrett was suspended indefinitely — he must miss at least the rest of the season — and fined $45,623. Part of the fine was for unnecessary roughness on the takedown of Rudolph, which started the brawl.
The suspension is without pay, so he’ll forfeit $1.14 million over the final six games.
His teammates were frustrated Rudolph wasn’t suspended.
“It’s on camera what he’s doing. There’s no hiding it no matter what he says in the media. It is what it is,” defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. “You can’t antagonize a fight and then claim bully after getting what’s coming to you.”
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey’s suspension was reduced from three games to two on appeal, but his $35,096 fine was upheld. He will miss the rematch with the Browns on Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh.
Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game, but his $10,527 appeal was rescinded on appeal. He’ll forfeit a $48,247 game check.
Ten Browns and 19 Steelers were fined for entering the fighting area. The Browns were: receiver Jarvis Landry, cornerbacks Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams and TJ Carrie, safeties Juston Burris and Sheldrick Redwine, linebacker Mack Wilson and defensive linemen Chad Thomas, Devaroe Lawrence and Chris Smith.