Mason Rudolph fined $50,000 by the NFL


Mason Rudolph won't serve a suspension for his role in the ugly brawl that culminated in a season-ending ban for Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. Garrett ripped off and swung Rudolph's own helmet at the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback last Thursday.

Rudolph will, however, have to serve up a portion of his salary after being fined $50,000 by the NFL. He was one of 33 players fined by the league Saturday. There were $732,422 in total fines, which includes the $250,000 the Browns and Steelers each paid.

In the second year of his rookie contract, Rudolph's base salary this season is $658,267, per Spotrac, which means the fine is worth more than a single game check. Rudolph said earlier this week he would accept any punishment the NFL handed down.

Rudolph apologized Wednesday for his actions, tussling with Garrett on the ground and charging at him.

I have no ill will toward Myles Garrett. Great respect for his ability as a player. And I know that if Myles could go back, he would handle the situation differently," Rudolph told reporters. "As for my involvement last week, there's no acceptable excuse. The bottom line is I should've done a better job keeping my composure in that situation. (I fell) short of what I believe it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the NFL."

During the NFL's appeal hearing, Garrett told officials Rudolph used a racial slur that sparked the melee. Rudolph's representatives vehemently denied the accusation and the league said it found no evidence of that.

Garrett was fined $45,623, and teammate Larry Ogunjobi, who will serve a one-game suspension, was not fined. Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey successfully appealed his suspension from three games to two, but he'll have to pay $35,096.

Every other player received a fine of $3,507, which is the first-time penalty for those who enter a fighting area without becoming involved.

All of the fines collected go to programs for former players, such as the NFL Player Care Foundation and the Gene Upshaw Players Association's Players Assistance Trust.

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