Last November, the Browns’ defensive end struck Mason Rudolph, the Steelers’ quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger out for the season, on the head with his helmet during an ugly brawl near the end of the game, won by the Browns. Garrett accused Rudolph of using a racial slur, something Rudolph denied, and Garrett was suspended indefinitely, a punishment that was lifted in February.
For the first time since that night, the teams will play at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger, and not Rudolph, is at quarterback but Garrett said he was open to clearing things up with Rudolph.
“If it were to happen, I’d be fine with it,” Garrett said in September (via Cleveland.com). “Not just fine, but I wouldn’t mind it and I’d be happy to make it happen if there were a way. “I’m not even sure if he’d want to do that, but I wouldn’t have a problem sitting down with him and just not talking about the incident, just talking man to man, how we move forward, and just being better men and football players and not letting something like that happen again.”