Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Mason Rudolph said on Friday he would not file criminal charges against the defensive Cleveland Browns ending Myles Garrett, delaying the National Football League all decisions regarding disciplinary action against players who hit their heads with their own helmets during Thursday night's game.
"#Steelers QB Mason Rudolph will not take legal action against #Browns DE Myles Garrett after the riots last night, said the source. Rudolph considers the situation solely an NFL problem," writes Ian Rapoport, an NFL insider and host "RapSheet," "write on Twitter.
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Rudolph, 24 – who became a Steelers quarterback earlier this season after Ben Roethlisberger suffered an elbow injury at the end of the season – said he felt fine after being hit by a helmet and "happy to leave" for the next Pittsburgh match, November 24 at Cincinnnati, ESPN reported. But he has strong words about Garrett's actions.
"I think it's cowards and bush league," Rudolph said. "There are lots of recordings to watch. I haven't seen it. I don't know what the rules are. I know it's a bush league and a total cowardly step on its part. It's okay, I'll accept it. I won't back down from the bullies out there. We will look what happened. "
The blow to the head is of particular concern because Rudolph was briefly hospitalized in October after taking a blow to the head during a match against the Baltimore Ravens. The third quarter attack hit Rudolph coldly and made some of his teammates at Steelers feel emotional when he lay motionless on the field.
In Thursday's match, Rudolph had just completed a short pass to run back Trey Edmunds when he was handled by Garrett. While on the ground, Rudolph seemed to try and hold Garrett's helmet. The two then get into a fight which ends with Garrett taking off Rudolph's helmet and hitting him.
Garrett, 23, was suspended indefinitely for the rest of the regular and post-season seasons, the NFL said in a statement Friday, for his role in a bad fight with the Steelers, in a match that Cleveland won 21-7.
He also had to meet with the commissioner's office before the decision on his recovery, the NFL said. He was fined in an undisclosed amount. The league also fined the Browns and Steelers $ 250,000 each for the incident. Garrett also apologized to "Mason Rudolph, my teammate, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL" in a statement Friday.
Teammate Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey were also suspended and fined. Ogunbjobi accepted a one-match ban without salary and an undisclosed fine for pushing Rudolph during unrestrained riots. Pouncey received a three-match suspension and was fined in an unspecified amount for "fighting, including punching and kicking opponents."
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Pouncey then entered the battle and punched and kicked Garrett's helmet. Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey were all released.
Ryan Gaydos from Fox News contributed to this report.