One day after Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and swung it at him, the NFL world is rocked by the violent act and waiting to see how the league will react.
While discussing Garrett's actions on ESPN's Get Up, Adam Schefter predicted he will receive "the stiffest suspension in NFL history."
"He delivered an act that will define him for the rest of his NFL career. In one moment, he gave fans a memory that fans will always think of him by," Schefter said. "This will be a part of his resume from this moment on...and the NFL will tack on it today by handing down what we imagine to be the stiffest suspension in NFL history."
With only eight seconds to play in the Browns' 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday night, Garrett planted Rudolph into the turf at FirstEnergy Stadium. Following a brief tussle with the quarterback, Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off and swung it at him, striking him in the head.
Multiple players threw punches in retaliation and three, including Garrett, were ejected from the game.
Rudolph stayed in the game and took Pittsburgh's final snap of the contest.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield called Garrett's actions "inexcusable," and numerous NFL players reacted to the brutal moment on Twitter.
Following the game, Garrett refused to discuss what set him off.
"A win’s a win. I don’t think it’s overshadowed by what happened in eight seconds,” he told reporters in the locker room. ...It’s going to come back to hurt our team. The guys who jumped in the scrum, I appreciate my teammates having my back, but it shouldn’t have gotten that far. That’s on me."
All players involved in the incident are going to be under review by the NFL for possible suspensions, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The longest suspension for a singular on-field incident in NFL history is the five games that Albert Haynesworth got in 2006 for stomping on an opposing player's head.