BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Brown’s defensive end Myles Garrett said Friday that he’s recovered from last year’s incident against the Steelers, where he flew the helmet off Mason Rudolph and hit Pittsburgh quarterback in the head with it.
Garrett, who received a season-ending finish due to the incident, said he expects a clean sheet for Sunday’s rematch in Pittsburgh.
“We’ll see when we play,” Garrett said. “But their head coach [Mike Tomlin] said they are past it. We’re past it as a team. We’re ready to go out there and play ball. “
Garrett missed the last six games of the season, was fined $ 45,623 and lost approx. $ 1
Privately in his appeal for his suspension and later publicly on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Garrett accused Rudolph of inciting him by calling him the “N-word”. Both Rudolph and Tomlin have denied the allegations.
On Tuesday, Tomlin said last year’s incident would have no bearing on Sunday’s play and that his team “was not looking for the low-hanging fruit or the real TV story.”
Garrett said he will be focused on playing “within the whistle.”
“[We won’t] be worried about what they’re doing to frustrate or knock us out of our game, “Garrett said. But I think they will play a clean, fair game and we will do the same. “
Garrett said he does not expect a warm welcome from the 6,000 fans who will have access inside Heinz Field on Sunday.
“I mean, we’re Browns,” Garrett said. “I expect to be bowed down.”
The Browns (4-1) have their best start since 1994, and the Steelers are 4-0 for the first time since 1979 as they went on to win the Super Bowl.
Cleveland has not won in Pittsburgh in 17 years.
“We win there,” Garrett said, “[and] most people would give us some respect and see us as a legitimate team across the league. “