Browns-Steelers fines from brawl total over $700,000

Brawl near end of NFL game, Browns defender rips helmet off Steelers QB, strikes him in the head
Posted at 5:07 PM, Nov 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 10:30:30-05

CLEVELAND — The full list of fines for the brawl during the last eight seconds of the Browns-Steelers game last week has been released and both teams will be paying a decent chunk of change, accoridng to NFL's Tom Pelissero.

For attempting to rip Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s helmet off, kicking him in the groin and continuing the fight by charging after him, Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was fined $50,000.

Garrett, who ripped Rudolph’s helmet off his head and swung it at him and made contact with his head, previously received an indefinite suspension. Garrett appealed the decision and lost, making him ineligible to play for the remainder of the season and any postseason games. He can apply for reinstatement next season.

In addition to his indefinite suspension, Garrett was also fined $45,623 for the brawl.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who won his appeal and had his three-game suspension reduced to two games after punching Garrett and kicking him in the head while he was on the ground, received a $35,076 fine.

Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who pushed Rudolph to the ground while he was without his helmet, received a one-game suspension. He, like Garrett, lost his appeal and will serve the single-game suspension Sunday as the Browns take on the Miami Dolphins. Ogunjobi’s $10,527 fine was revoked.

In total, the NFL handed out more than $700,000 for discipline directly related to the brawl in the last eight seconds of the game. Garrett, Rudolph, Pouncey and Ogunjobi were just four of 33 total players who have received fines for their involvement in the fight.

A total of 29 players were fined $3,507 each for rushing onto the field when the fight broke out.

An additional total of $77,206 worth of fines was disbursed to Browns players for personal fouls that occurred earlier in the game.

Safety Damarious Randall was fined $28,075 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Diontae Johnson. The hit caused Johnson to leave the game with a concussion and Randall was ejected.

Rookie cornerback Greedy Williams also received a $28,075 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit to receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who also suffered a concussion.

Defensive end Chad Thomas received a $21,056 fine for a high hit on Rudolph.

The fines collected do not go directly to the NFL. The Players Association and the league have agreed to donate fine money through the NFL Foundation to the NFL Player Care Foundation and the Gene Upshaw Players Association’s Player Assistance Trust, two programs that assist former players, according to the NFL.

RELATED: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph fined $50,000 for role in brawl with Browns

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