Myles Garrett Will Appeal His Indefinite Suspension

Garrett will argue that the collective bargaining agreement doesn't allow indefinite suspensions

Myles Garrett Likely Facing Historic NFL Suspension 
Mason Rudolph fights with defensive end Myles Garrett of the Browns. (Jason Miller/Getty)
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / November 17, 2019 12:40 pm

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will reportedly appeal the indefinite suspension handed down upon him by the league on Friday (Nov. 15) after he ripped Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and struck him in the head with it.

Garrett is seeking a finite number of games for the suspension and will argue that the collective bargaining agreement prohibits indefinite suspensions for on-field misconduct. He’s also seeking a reduction in the minimum rest-of-the-season suspension that the NFL has imposed on him.

Of course, as many have pointed out, Garrett should be careful what he wishes for. As NBCSports writes, “The league could react to the argument by saying, ‘You want a specific punishment? Fine. Twelve games.’”

The appeal will be handled by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash. Brooks agreed with a 12-game suspension for Vontaze Burfict for what the league deemed an accumulation of dirty play.

“Last night, I made a terrible mistake,” Garrett said in a statement Friday. “I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so.”

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