Myles Garrett to argue NFL does not allow indefinite suspensions in appeal
Myles Garrett has been suspended by the NFL for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs should the Cleveland Browns make it that far, and the star defensive end will appeal the ruling. From the sound of it, he is hoping to have the suspension reduced in part because of a technicality.
Garrett’s suspension is actually indefinite but will last at least through the rest of the year, the NFL announced on Thursday. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, one of the arguments Garrett plans to make in his appeal is that the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association does not allow for indefinite suspensions.
As #Browns DE Myles Garrett gets set to appeal his lengthy suspension, one source said an argument will be that the CBA does not allow for indefinite suspensions for on-field acts. Garrett will hope for a finite number, as well as a reduction.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2019
That probably will not be a huge obstacle for the NFL, as the league could just respond by placing a finite number of games on the ban.
Garrett ripped off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him over the head with it, which is one of the most dangerous acts we have ever seen during an altercation on a football field. It truly was unprecedented, and the severity will likely work in the league’s favor. Garrett also will not be helped by the fact that his own teammates and organization did not even consider coming to his defense. With only six games left in the regular season and the Browns unlikely to make the playoffs, it would be a surprise if we see Garrett again in 2019.