Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett made himself public enemy No. 1 last year in Pittsburgh when he struck his helmet at a helmet-less Mason Rudolph in a melee last season.
Garrett claimed that Rudolph used a racial epithet toward him, while Rudolph denied saying such a thing.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin defended Rudolph throughout the ordeal, so it was peculiar when Garrett was spotted talking to Tomlin with his arm around the Steelers head coach prior to Sunday’s game between the two teams.
“Talking to him had nothing to do with last year,” Garrett said. “Him, his brother, my mother and my uncle all went to school together in Virginia so we were just talking about that. I made a little joke about some phone games they had been playing, and that was it. He said, ‘Good live your life, have fun and tell your mother I said hello.’”
It was Garrett’s first time playing the Steelers since the incident, which resulted in an indefinite suspension that cost him the remainder of the 2019 season. Rudolph, who appealed a fine for his role in the incident, also made an appearance in the game, relieving Ben Roethlisberger late in a 38-7 blowout.
There were not fireworks this time, though, and Garrett said there was nothing out of the ordinary from the Steelers throughout the game.
“They did not do anything uncharacteristic of them,” Garrett said. “They were scheming and trying to get me off my game. They were getting after all of us. They were chipping, and the guard was staying in and staying close. They were making it difficult for us on defense.”