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Report: Myles Garrett, Roger Goodell Met About Reinstatement from Suspension

Timothy Rapp

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to discuss his potential reinstatement, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:

Garrett was suspended indefinitely after he ripped off the helmet of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and swung it at him during a fight in a November matchup between the teams. Garrett's appeal was denied. 

While Garrett's ban was indefinite, it had a minimum punishment of the final six games of the 2019 regular season and would have extended into the postseason as well had the Browns qualified for the playoffs. 

Per Cabot, "Goodell told Cleveland.com at the Super Bowl press conference two weeks ago that he'd meet with Garrett within the next 60 days about reinstatement, and a source said the ban was likely to be lifted shortly thereafter."

He was also fined $45,623 by the league and lost $1.1 million by missing six game checks. He expressed remorse for his actions the day after his fight with Rudolph:

"Last night, I made a terrible mistake. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so."

He did say in his appeals hearing that Rudolph called him a racial slur in the game, though the NFL said it "found no such evidence" to support that claim.

Garrett, 24, has emerged as one of the NFL's best defensive linemen since being the top overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. In three NFL seasons (37 games) he's posted 104 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 30.5 sacks, 65 quarterback hits, six forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

He was in the midst of his best season in 2019, with 10 sacks in 10 games before his suspension. And he'll be a key player for the Browns going forward once he's reinstated.

   
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