BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett mentioned Friday that he is gotten over final 12 months’s incident towards the Steelers through which he ripped the helmet off Mason Rudolph and slugged the Pittsburgh quarterback within the head with it.
Garrett, who obtained a season-ending suspension for the incident, mentioned he is anticipating a clear sport for Sunday’s rematch in Pittsburgh.
“We’ll see once we play,” Garrett mentioned. “However their head coach [Mike Tomlin] mentioned they’re previous it. We’re previous it as a workforce. We’re able to go on the market and play ball.”
Garrett missed the ultimate six video games of the season, was fined $45,623 and misplaced roughly $1.2 million in misplaced wage for the incident, which got here within the closing seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 victory final Nov. 14.
Privately in interesting his suspension, and later publicly on ESPN’s Outdoors the Traces, Garrett accused Rudolph of inciting him by calling him the “the N-word.” Each Rudolph and Tomlin have denied the accusation.
On Tuesday, Tomlin mentioned final 12 months’s incident would not have any impression on Sunday’s sport and that his workforce was “not on the lookout for that low-hanging fruit or that actuality TV storyline.”
Garrett mentioned that he’ll be targeted on enjoying “throughout the whistle.”
“[We won’t] be nervous about what they’re doing to frustrate or knock us off our sport,” Garrett mentioned. “However I believe they are going to play a clear, truthful sport, and we’ll do the identical.”
Garrett mentioned he does not count on a heat welcome from the 6,000 followers that shall be allowed inside Heinz Subject on Sunday.
“I imply, we are the Browns,” Garrett mentioned. “I count on to get booed.”
The Browns (4-1) are off to their greatest begin since 1994, and the Steelers are 4-0 for the primary time since 1979, once they went on to win the Tremendous Bowl.
Cleveland, nonetheless, has not gained in Pittsburgh in 17 years.
“We get a win there,” Garrett mentioned, “[and] most individuals would give us some respect and see us as a legit workforce throughout the league.”