- Browns will stand behind Myles Garrett (NFL.com) - A little more than 12 hours after an ugly fight marred a Thursday night win for the Browns, coach Freddie Kitchens spoke with reporters as the dust continued to settle around him. His message: Myles Garrett is sorry for what happened and Kitchens’ team will support Garrett as a family does a brother. But they’ll also have to ensure Garrett’s actions don’t serve as the reason for their downfall.
- NFL had no choice but to send a message Myles Garrett punishment (USA Today) - The Browns know it. Myles Garrett knows it, and so does everyone else. NFL officials had no choice but to level a harsh penalty against the defensive end the day after his egregious behavior in Thursday night’s game between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
- Todd Haley blames Freddie Kitchens for Garrett’s meltdown (beaconjournal.com) - Former Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley blamed defensive end Myles Garrett’s out-of-control behavior at the end of Thursday night’s 21-7 victory over the Steelers on coaching, putting the onus at the feet of the Browns’ Freddie Kitchens.
- Why Myles Garrett is not under criminal investigation (cleveland.com) - Cleveland police on Friday had not opened an investigation into Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s Thursday night attack of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph because Rudolph had not filed a police report, a department spokeswoman said.
- Video implicates Mason Rudolph (Canton Repository) - Whether Mason Rudolph was an innocent in the shocking conclusion to the Browns’ 21-7 rout of Pittsburgh is subject to interpretation. One interpretation after watching repeated replays: Rudolph was far from innocent.
- Jacoby Brissett starting on Sunday for Colts (ESPN) - Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett will be the starter for Sunday’s AFC South game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Frank Reich said Friday.
- Mason Rudolph will not be suspended for his role in fight (10tv.com) - On Friday, the NFL suspended Myles Garrett indefinitely without pay -- and for at least the remainder of the 2019 regular season and postseason -- for his role at the center of a fight in the closing seconds in the Cleveland Browns’ 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The primary person Garrett was engaged with, however, won’t be facing nearly as stiff of a punishment.
- Does Colin Kaepernick still need football? (NY Times) - During his three-year exile from the N.F.L., Kaepernick has grown in influence and cultural stature. So why would he bother playing by the league’s rules?