Steelers players arrive at anticipated Browns rematch wearing 'Free Pouncey' shirts


Some players wore masks over their faces to hide their identity and one player arrived in a black mask wearing a Pouncey jersey, according to ESPN. If he was trying to lighten the mood ahead of the rematch, he failed.

Kitchens wore the shirt to see the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" with his family, and his daughter got him the shirt as a joke, a Browns spokesman told ESPN.

With Pittsburgh and Cleveland set to meet for the second time on Sunday at Heinz Field, one Steelers official told ESPN that Kitchens wearing the shirt to film about Fred Rogers could be seen as more of a slight because the television icon was from Pittsburgh. Although Garrett said there had been a racial insult, the National Football League found no evidence of it and upheld an indefinite suspension that will last through this season (and postseason) and until Commissioner Roger Goodell lifts it.

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The shirts were worn by a group of players - including captain Cam Heyward and Bud Dupree - to support center Maurkice Pouncey who was originally suspended three games for his role in the fight three weeks ago. He also was fined over $35,000.

Pouncey ran in after the play and kicked and punched Garrett after he struck Rudolph with the quarterback's own helmet. Devlin Hodges is starting at quarterback for the Steelers, who lost that last encounter, 21-7.