Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet on Thursday Night Football.
Myles Garrett doing the unthinkable and unimaginable. pic.twitter.com/Y0UXzrCskn
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 15, 2019
t’s similar to Montreal Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. hit Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill with his own helmet.
Rips my helmet off…. then hits me in the face with it… and the ref is right there looking at it… https://t.co/FXqUKiqXeD
— Adam Bighill (@Bighill44) September 22, 2019
The CFL suspended Adams Jr. one game for the incident. The league deemed the act to be reckless and dangerous. He missed the Als game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver on Saturday, September 28 in Week 16, which resulted in a loss for Montreal. That discipline was in line with past helmet-swinging occurrences north of the border.
However, Garrett has already been suspended indefinitely for doing essentially the same as Adams Jr. The result of Garrett’s helmet swing was much worse: he made direct contact with Rudolph’s head.
The 2017 No. 1 overall draft pick has been fined twice so far this season. The first for a dangerous hit on Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker and the second came the following week for two roughing the passer penalties on different snaps. It caused New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian to miss the rest of the season due to injury.
Adams Jr. had a clean record until ripping Bighill’s helmet off and using it as a weapon. But the intent was much the same as Garrett and it should’ve been a much more harsh suspension such as the discipline the Browns pass rusher has been handed.