Myles Garrett Accused Mason Rudolph of Using Racial Slur Before Fight During Suspension Appeal

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Myles Garrett's appeal of his indefinite suspension -- one which would end his season -- has taken a turn, as the Browns DE alleged Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph previously called him a racial slur, leading to his outrage and the eventual incident.

Rudolph denied the use of a racial slur, but should Garrett's allegation prove true, it would add some weight as to the seemingly uncontrolled rage the former No. 1 overall pick fell victim to when he and the Steelers QB got tangled up with a mere seconds remaining in what would become a Cleveland win on Thursday Night Football.

"Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals."

While they're both on to planning for their next opponents -- the Steelers face the Bengals this week and the Browns host the Dolphins -- in just two weeks' time these teams will meet again in what's sure to be a spirited affair given the latest series of events.

We'll have more on this situation as it develops. It's unclear if Garrett's accusation will carry any weight in the league office, but this could change the narrative in a significant way.