Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett‘s indefinite suspension has been upheld and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey‘s ban has been reduced to two games following appeals, the NFL announced Thursday. The Garrett decision, made by appeals officer James Thrash, means he will be suspended for at least the remainder of the 2019 season. Garrett will have to meet with the commissioner’s office before being reinstated.
With seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s game, Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s helmet and clubbed him in the head with it.
Pouncey had initially been given a three-game suspension last week for punching and kicking Garrett during the brawl, but appeals officer Derrick Brooks reduced the ban by a game while upholding his $35,096 fine. He will still miss the Browns-Steelers rematch on Dec. 1.
During Garrett’s appeal hearing in New York on Wednesday, Garrett alleged that Rudolph directed a racial slur at him just prior to the brawl, sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter.
Rudolph has strongly denied the accusation, with a Steelers spokesman and his lawyer releasing statements that the quarterback did not use a racial slur.