The Browns’ defensive end has lost his appeal after hearing officer James Thrash, "upheld all discipline issued to Myles Garrett" the league announced Thursday afternoon.
Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league less than 12 hours after ripping the helmet off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hitting him with it touching off a brawl in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 victory last Thursday night.
Garrett’s ban was the result of violating the league’s “unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”
Browns general manager John Dorsey issued a statement Thursday evening.
“As we’ve consistently stated, our organizational support for Myles will continue,” Dorsey said. “He is a man of high character and unquestionable integrity. He was open and honest with us about the incident from the start. He has taken accountability for his actions on Thursday night and this situation will not define him. As an organization, our focus going forward remains on the task-at-hand, which is preparing for the Miami Dolphins.”
Garrett was also fined an undisclosed amount for the incident on top of the $1.14 million in salary he will lose for the remainder of the season. NFL Network reported the additional fine was for $45,623.
Upon issuing the initial punishment, the NFL also required that Garrett, “must meet with the commissioner’s office prior to a decision on his reinstatement” meaning a portion of the 2020 season could potentially be in jeopardy for Garrett.
Thrash heard Garrett’s appeal Wednesday morning in New York City.
The suspension for Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was reduced from 3 games to 2 following his appeal but the additional fine of $35,096 was upheld.
Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi also lost his appeal of a 1-game suspension, which he will serve this week against Miami, for shoving Rudolph in the back.