Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett on Wednesday appealed his suspension for his on-field conduct last Thursday, when he took Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit Rudolph in the head, stating in his hearing that precedent doesn’t support his indefinite ban.
Citing a source, ESPN’s Dan Graziano said Garrett and representatives from the players union argued in an appeal hearing in New York that a player involved in a similar incident in 2013 received only a three-game suspension.
In the hearing, Graziano reported, Garrett and his team likened the action to what happened in a 2013 preseason game when Antonio Smith of the Houston Texans swung his helmet at offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who then played for the Miami Dolphins.
A ruling on Garrett’s appeal — and on the appeal of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey’s suspension — will come later this week, the NFL announced. The league announced that Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s one-game suspension, for hitting Rudolph after the play, was upheld.