Mason Rudolph won’t serve a suspension for his role in the ugly brawl that culminated in a season-ending ban for Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. Garrett ripped off and swung Rudolph’s own helmet at the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback last Thursday.
Rudolph will, however, have to serve up a portion of his salary after being fined $50,000 by the NFL. He was one of 33 players fined by the league Saturday. There were $732,422 in total fines, which includes the $250,000 the Browns and Steelers each paid.
In the second year of his rookie contract, Rudolph’s base salary this season is $658,267, per Spotrac, which means the fine is worth more than a single game check. Rudolph said earlier this week he would accept any punishment the NFL handed down.
Rudolph apologized Wednesday for his actions, tussling with Garrett on the ground and charging at him.
“I have no ill will toward Myles Garrett. Great respect for his ability as a player. And I know that if Myles could go back, he would handle the situation differently,” Rudolph told reporters. “As for my involvement last week, there’s no acceptable excuse. The bottom line is I should’ve done a better job keeping my composure in that situation. (I fell) short of what I believe it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the NFL.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Chris Bumbaca