Brawl featuring violent helmet swing, blow to head mars end of Thursday Night Football

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(Tribune Media Wire) — With 8 seconds left to play Garrett hit Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Rudolph then tried to take Garrett’s helmet off, but was unsuccessful.  Garrett then ripped Rudolph’s off and swung at his head repeatedly, knocking him down.

Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey then attacked Garrett. Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi and Pouncey were ejected from the game.

In the locker room after the game, Garrett said, “I made a mistake. I lost my cool and I regret it.”  Adding that it should’ve never gotten to the point that it did.

“I win to win,” he said. “I don’t think it’s overshadowed by what happens in 8 seconds.  We played a hell of a game on defense.  Offense came out firing and we held it down from there on. What we did on the field of play for the rest of the game, for the first 59 minutes, that shouldn’t go unnoticed.”

A source confirmed to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport that “all players involved in the heinous incident are going to be under review by the NFL for possible suspensions.”

After the incident, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield reportedly said Garrett’s behavior was “inexcusable.”  He explained that Garrett was endangering the other team and will likely be suspended.

Football players, experts and fans alike have taken to social media to respond to the players’ actions.

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