Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has announced that defensive end Myles Garrett will be a captain versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers, who own a 12-3 record, are planning to rest their starters this Sunday so backup quarterback Mason Rudolph will start against the Browns.
Last season, the game between the Browns and Steelers was marked by an incident, in which Garrett hit Rudolph with his helmet. The Browns will make the playoffs if they beat the Steelers. "It's a big game, so I'm sending the big guy out there," Stefanski said, per ESPN.
"But it's in no way a callback to anything previously." Garrett, who is considered as one of the best players at his position, won't hesitate to hit Rudolph but it won't be anything illegal. "He'll get hit just like everybody else, I'm not going to put a pillow underneath his head before I take him to the ground," Garrett said.
"But I'm not going to do anything extra. It's just a game. It's a Steelers game. It's a divisional game. It's an important game."
Rudolph open to having a conversation with Garrett
After the incident, Garrett was suspended for the rest of the season and he claimed Rudolph used the n-word and that prompted his furious reaction.
"I'm happy to hear Myles out with whatever he would -- if he wants to approach me, if he wants to talk," Rudolph said. "He's a great player, and they are playing well as a defense. He's a menace in the backfield.
He's very disruptive. When they are playing at their best, he's sack-fumbling and he's getting to the quarterback. Obviously, you are very aware of that, and you treat him with great respect." Garrett is also open to having a conversation with Rudolph.
"If he wants to talk after the game or before the game, let it come naturally," Garrett said. Rudolph spoke highly of Garrett ahead of their matchup and he expects the defensive end to be at his best against the Steelers.
"He has not reached out to me in any capacity," Rudolph said of Garrett. "I got a lot of respect for Myles. He's a great player. They've got a great defense, a great team. They're playing for a lot. It's going to be a fun game.
A lot on the line for them. "They're playing for a playoff berth, and so outside of that, this game is too big to worry about anything external that happened years ago."