Myles Garrett reinstated by National Football League after helmet strike ban


Garrett was suspended indefinitely after ripping the helmet off Mason Rudolph and slugging the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with it on November 14.

The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday said Myles Garrett has been reinstated by the National Football League and rejoins the Browns' active roster.

The Browns went 2-4 following the incident and missed the playoffs.

"We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms", Browns general manager Andrew Berry said in a release.

Garrett responded with a meme from the shoot-em-up flick, "John Wick", in which Keanu Reaves" titular character says, "but now, yeah, I'm thinking, "I'm back'".

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield offered his support, tweeting: "welcome back big fella!"

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Garrett is cleared to return to all activities with the Browns. Garrett, still wielding Rudolph's helmet, swung it downward over DeCastro's shoulder, clocking the quarterback in the skull.

Rudolph initially called Garrett's behavior "bush league", his helmet hit "a total coward move", and in the days that followed, ESPN reported that during an unsuccessful appeals hearing, Garrett claimed Rudolph had uttered a racial slur, spurring the fracas.

Garrett paid dearly for his misstep.

Garrett's ban cost him over a million dollars in lost game checks. Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games for stomping on a player's helmet-less head in 2006. However, Thrash upheld the decision and Garrett was done for the season.

The ensuing melee led to fines of $250,000 for each club and suspensions of two games for Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and one game to Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi.

Garrett was having a strong third season as a pro, but he was flagged for some unnecessary roughness penalties early in the season.