According to ESPN Cleveland Browns defensive end, Myles Garrett’s indefinite suspension has been upheld and Pittsburgh
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey’s ban has been reduced to two games following appeals, the NFL announced Friday.
The decision by appeals officer James Thrash means Garrett will be suspended for at least the remainder of the 2019 season and will have to meet with the commissioner’s office before being reinstated.
With seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s game, Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s helmet and clubbed him in the head with it.
Pouncey had initially been given a three-game suspension last week for punching and kicking Garrett during the brawl, but appeals officer Derrick Brooks reduced the ban by a game while upholding his $35,096 fine.
He will still miss the Browns-Steelers rematch on Dec. 1.
During Garrett’s appeal hearing in New York on Wednesday, Garrett alleged that Rudolph directed a racial slur at him just prior to the brawl, sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter.
Rudolph has strongly denied the accusation, with a Steelers spokesman and his lawyer releasing statements that the quarterback did not use a racial slur.
“This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett,” said Rudolph’s attorney, Timothy M. Younger. “The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment.”