CLEVELAND — NFL appeals officers Derrick Brooks and James Thrash listened to Myles Garrett and Maurkice Pouncey's cases on Wednesday and Thrash made the decision to uphold Garrett's indefinite suspension. He has also been fined $45,623, according to NFL's Ian Rapoport.
Garrett received the indefinite suspension after he wrestled Steelers' quarterback Mason Rudolph to the ground in the last eight seconds of the game.
In a scrum on the ground, Rudolph got his hand on Garrett’s helmet first and appeared to kick Garrett in the groin while the players grappled.
Garrett got back on his feet, yanked Rudolph’s helmet off and swung wildly, hitting the quarterback on the top of the head. Rudolph threw his arms in the air in disbelief after the impact.
Earlier in the day Thursday, ESPN reported that Garrett accused Mason Rudolph of using a racial slur before the brawl.
With Thursday's decision, Garrett will be ineligible to play for the remainder of the season and any postseason games. NFL rules state he can apply for reinstatement next season.
Pittsburgh's Pouncey was suspended without pay for three games and fined an additional amount for fighting, including punching and kicking Garrett. Brooks decided to reduce Pouncey's suspension from three games to two games. His $35,096 fine has been upheld.
Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended without pay for one game and fined for unnecessary roughness.
Ogunobi knocked Rudolph to the ground after the play had ended, and after Garrett had ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and hit him in the head.
The NFL upheld Ogunjobi’s suspension, but rescinded his $10,527.