Mason Rudolph: 'I definitely didn't say anything that escalated it'

Browns-Steelers rematch in Week 13 moved to 1 p.m. kickoff

Browns-Steelers rematch in Week 13 moved to 1 p.m. kickoff

Prior to that, Rudolph had tried to twist Garrett's helmet off and kick him in the groin while the two were tangled on the ground following a late fourth-quarter hit.

Myles Garrett's violent response to Mason Rudolph during their incident on Thursday night was so extreme that it left some wondering whether Rudolph had said something to set off the Cleveland Browns defensive lineman.

"As for my involvement ... there's no acceptable excuse", Rudolph told reporters on Wednesday, according to CNN.

In addition to handing out a record suspension to Garrett, the National Football League banned Pouncey for three games and ordered Ogunjobi to sit out on Sunday when the Browns host Miami.

Garrett's main argument in his case was that a similar incident in 2013 between Antonio Smith and Richie Incognito resulted in only a three game suspension for Smith, who took Incognito's helmet off and swung it at him.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett's claim and "found no such evidence".

He will be able to play in the Browns and Steelers' second game of the season on December 1 in Pittsburgh.

Garrett will lose $1.14 million in salary and his absence is a significant setback to the Browns (4-6), who will be without their best defensive player as they try to end a postseason drought dating to 2002. The Steelers issued a statement saying Rudolph disputed the allegations. Many fans, even many outside of Browns' fans feel like Rudolph made the situation worse by his actions and could have avoided the hit he took by Myles Garrett.

Although Garrett didn't get good news from the league, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was slightly more successful in his appeal hearing.

Rudolph added: "I have no ill will toward Myles Garrett, great respect for his ability as a player and I know if Myles could go back he would handle the situation differently".

It is not known if on-field microphones caught any exchange between the players. "And I just don't think that's right".

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