At the same time Myles Garrett's appeal was being heard by the National Football League in New York, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walked into a cramped back room of the team facility with a paper of prepared remarks in hand.
"I should've done a better job handling that situation", Rudolph said.
Rudolph, who typically talks to reporters on Thursdays, chose to address the media Wednesday, reading from a piece of paper with bullet points before taking a handful of questions.
Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey (three games) and Cleveland's Larry Ogunjobi (one game) are also appealing their suspensions, handed down for their roles in the fight that broke out after Garrett and Rudolph scuffled on the field following a sack. Rudolph has yet to hear from the. "I'm sure all of you people know Browns player Myles Garrett". My natural reaction was to just get him off from on top of me.
Almost a week after Mason Rudolph took the postgame podium and called Myles Garrett's conduct toward him "bush league", Rudolph shifted to a more contrite stance. The two got into one another's face and Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off and hit him with it. Garrett was then pushed to the ground and Pouncey was seen kicking and punching the lineman's head. "And I think I addressed that already in my statement".
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He then rolled over on top of Rudolph while the two were on the ground and Rudolph grabbed for Garrett's helmet. "As for my involvement last week, there is no acceptable excuse". Garrett responded by ripping the helmet from Rudolph before guard David DeCastro and tackle Matt Feiler got in between the two, pushing Garrett away.
As for the speculation he may have said something to put Garrett over the edge.
A day earlier, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said there was nothing for his team to learn from the incident. I don't know that we did anything to make it happen in the first place. "That's why I said we didn't have anything to learn from it".
Rudolph said he will comply with future punishments directed at him by the NFL.