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Mason Rudolph Won't Take Legal Action Against Myles Garrett for Thursday Night Incident

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 14: Defensive end Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns hits Quarterback Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers over the head with his helmet during the second half in the game at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns | Jason Miller/Getty Images

As you are all surely aware of by now, a nefarious brawl broke out between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers in the waning moments of Thursday Night Football.

The melee featured Myles Garrett indefensibly ripping Mason Rudolph's helmet off and striking him in the head with it. The fallout resulted in an indefinite suspension for the Browns star pass rusher, and Rudolph's agent even released a statement which stated that he will consider pursuing legal action against Garrett.

As it turns out, however, Rudolph determined that the ordeal is strictly an NFL-related issue, and he will NOT take legal action against the Pro Bowler.

Though Garrett's actions deserve the harshest of punishments by the NFL, Rudolph taking legal action against him would have been a little extreme given that he (technically) instigated the distasteful altercation.

Sure, Garrett's initial hit was alarmingly late given that there were just seconds remaining in the game, and his reputation certainly doesn't do him any favors, but Rudolph did retaliate by going after him.

Let's not forget that Rudolph will reportedly be issued a fine for his involvement. Though we're relieved he walked away unscathed, he isn't entirely innocent here.

Rudolph opting not to take legal action against the Texas A&M product, whose actions we aren't at all defending, was probably the correct course of action to take here.