Browns' Myles Garrett Not Under Police Investigation for Mason Rudolph Fight

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2019

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett swings a helmet at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is not being investigated by the Cleveland Police Department after hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet during Thursday night's game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"The person who was hit would have to file a report," Cleveland Pplice Department public information officer Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia told TMZ Sports. "There is no criminal complaint filed."

Rudolph's agent, Tim Younger, has not ruled out pursuing charges.

Younger & Associates/QB Limited @YoungerAssoc

There are many risks an NFL QB assumes with every snap taken on the field. Being hit on your uncovered head by a helmet being swung by a 275 lb DE is not one of them. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. The matter will be reviewed thoroughly.

"I am gathering all information and no options have been removed from the table," Younger texted ESPN's Brooke Pryor on Friday.

In the closing minutes of Cleveland's 21-7 victory, Garrett brought Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph down to the ground well after a pass was thrown. Rudolph responded by grabbing at Garrett's helmet on the ground, and Garrett then grabbed Rudolph by the facemask and ripped the Steelers quarterback's helmet off, subsequently hitting him in the head with it.

Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro quickly tackled Garrett following the helmet swing. With DeCastro pinning Garrett to the ground, center Maurkice Pouncey delivered a series of punches and kicks.

After the game, the 23-year-old Garrett told reporters that he "lost [his] cool."

Former Steelers linebacker James Harrison labelled Garrett's actions as "assault":

James Harrison @jharrison9292

That’s assault at the least... 6 months in jail on the street.. now add the weapon and that’s at least a year right?!

Both ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted Friday that Garrett could be subject to legal charges:

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"Mason Rudolph, the Pittsburgh Steelers could files charges against Myles Garrett for what we now have seen is the closest thing to on-field criminal activity. That was assault last night." —@AdamSchefter https://t.co/WbcYtKHyX9

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From @gmfb: Could #Browns DE Myles Garrett face legal charges? The agent for #Steelers QB Mason Rudolph says they will review the matter thoroughly. https://t.co/RIjnZSIWtv

As Sgt. Ciaccia told TMZ Sports, though, the Cleveland Police Department will not get involved unless Rudolph decides to take action.