Berea, Ohio. Cleveland Browns defense defender Miles Garrett said Friday that he overcame last year’s incident against the Steelers when he ripped a helmet off Mason Rudolph and stabbed the Pittsburgh defender in the head.
Garrett, who has been suspended for the incident, has said he expects a clean slate for Sunday’s rematch in Pittsburgh.
“We’ll see when we play,” Garrett said. “But their head coach [Mike Tomlin] said they were gone. We went through it as a team. We are ready to go out there and play ball. “
Garrett missed the last six games of the season, was fined $ 45,623 and lost about $ 1.2 million in salary in an incident that occurred in the final seconds of Cleveland’s 21: 7 victory on November 14.
In private, challenging his suspension, and later publicly on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Garrett accused Rudolf of incitement, calling him “the word N”. Both Rudolf and Tomlin deny the allegations.
On Tuesday, Tomlin said last year’s incident would not affect Sunday’s game and that his team was “not looking for those low-hanging fruit or this reality show storyline.”
Garrett said he would focus on the game “within the whistle.”
“[We won’t] “Worry about what they’re doing to disappoint 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 did not expect a warm welcome from the 6,000 fans who will be allowed on Heinz’s field on Sunday.
“I mean, we’re brown,” Garrett said. “I hope I’m being booed.”
The Browns (4-1) had the best start since 1994, and the Steelers were 4-0 for the first time since 1979, when they continued to win the Super Cup.
Cleveland has not won in Pittsburgh for 17 years.
“We win there,” Garrett said.[and] most people would give us some respect and see us as a legitimate team throughout the league. “