Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph will meet again on Sunday, this time with a lot at stake in the season finale for the Browns and Steelers.
The last time these two were on opposing sides, Garrett hit Rudolph in the head with his own helmet during an ugly on-field brawl. After the game, Garrett accused Rudolph of using a racial slur.
Leading into this weekend’s pivotal game, Garrett has been named a game captain for the Browns. According to Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski, there was no special reason for him receiving this honor now.
Stefanski insists gamesmanship wasn’t involved in the decision…for what it’s worth.
Kevin Stefanski says Myles Garrett will be the #Browns game captain this week. Says it’s “a big game” and he’s “the big guy” and it has nothing to do w/ the helmet swinging incident vs the #Steelers and Mason Rudolph a year ago.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) January 1, 2021
Rudolph is starting Sunday in place of Ben Roethlisberger, who is one of several key Steelers being rested in advance of the playoffs.
On Friday, Rudolph told reporters that he’s not focused on what happened between he and Garrett last season.
Mason Rudolph says Myles Garrett hasn’t reached out to him in any capacity, but says he has a lot of respect for him and the team.
“This game is too big to worry about anything external that happened years ago.”
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) January 1, 2021
Steelers-Browns will kick off at noon ET Sunday. Cleveland needs a win to lock up a playoff berth, though the Browns could still qualify with a loss if they get help elsewhere.
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