Lane Johnson thought the same thing everyone else did when he saw Myles Garrett rip off Mason Rudolph’s helmet and bop him over the head with it. 

“Oh s---,” Johnson said. “That was my reaction. Oh my God.” 

Johnson didn’t see it live, but he saw the incident when he woke up on Friday morning. That’s how many people saw those events that took place very late in the Browns’ 21-7 win over the Steelers on Thursday night. 

The NFL on Friday levied huge penalties. Both teams were fined $250,000. Garrett was suspended for at least the rest of this year. Garrett’s teammate Larry Ogunjobi was suspended for one game. 

And Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, who came to the defense of Rudolph after the helmet blow, was suspended three games. 

What would Johnson have done if the same thing happened to Carson Wentz? 

“Probably done the same s--- Pouncey did,” Johnson said. “What are you supposed to do? If you don’t do anything, it’s not gonna look good.”

While this incident was the talk of the locker room on Friday afternoon after those penalties came down, as you might imagine, most players weren’t eager to talk on record about it. Daeshon Hall, who was teammates with Garrett at Texas A&M, was conveniently the only person in the country who hadn’t seen anything of note on Thursday night. He walked out of the locker room feigning obliviousness in a maroon Aggies sweatshirt. 


Johnson, who is never one to shy away from a microphone, called the incident “unfortunate” but said he thinks Garrett can learn from it. For what it’s worth, Garrett did release an apologetic statement on Friday. 

Johnson called Garrett one of the best defensive ends in the NFL and has met him before. 

“He’s pretty quiet,” Johnson said. “Piss somebody off, it comes out of them. It is what it is.”

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