This fine exceeds Rudolph’s weekly salary of $38,721.59, one-seventeenth of his 2019 salary of $658,267.
During his appeal hearing Wednesday in New York, Garrett accused Rudolph of directing a racial slur at him before the fracas in the final seconds of the Browns’ victory Nov. 14 over the Steelers in Cleveland, according to multiple people familiar with the case. Rudolph denied the allegation through his agent and the Steelers. The NFL said it found no evidence that Rudolph used a racial slur.
The brawl occurred after Garrett hit Rudolph following a throw in the game’s final seconds. Rudolph grabbed at Garrett’s helmet and appeared to attempt to pull it from Garrett’s head as the two players wrestled on the turf. Garrett managed to pull Rudolph’s helmet from the quarterback’s head and, with the players back on their feet, swung the helmet and struck Rudolph in the head with it.
Appeals officer James Thrash upheld Garrett’s indefinite suspension without pay, which is to run at least through the completion of this regular season and any postseason games the Browns might play, and fine of $45,623. According to the NFL, Garrett must meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell or another representative of the league office before he is reinstated next season.
In all, 33 players were disciplined by the league for the incident; 29 of them were fined $3,507 apiece for entering a fighting area. The fines for the melee totaled $732,422, including the previously announced fines of the Steelers and Browns of $250,000 each. That figure does not include the lost salaries of the three players given unpaid suspensions.
The Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey previously had his suspension reduced from three to two games on appeal. He also was fined $35,096. The Browns’ Larry Ogunjobi had his one-game suspension upheld on appeal.