Browns Notes: Greg Robinson remorseful, won’t be suspended for ejection

Five players could face fines, Baker Mayfield not expected to miss time

Daryl Ruiter
September 09, 2019 - 4:43 pm

Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – There was nothing Greg Robinson could do to prevent him from kicking Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro in the head that resulted in his ejection with five minutes to go in the first half.

At least that was his story Monday afternoon, a day after the Browns were blown out by the Titans 43-13.

“I ended up bumping into a guy and he braced his self and pushed back on me as I was trying to make sure the pile didn’t fall on me,” Robinson explained. “But as I feel, he was coming forward and I kicked him in his helmet. I had no idea I would be ejected, but the referee explained everything to me as I was walking off and that was the case. It’s something you hate to see. I hurt the team, honestly, and I feel like if I could have it back, I would do things differently. But it was basically just a reaction. I couldn’t help myself.”

Replays told a much different story.

As Robinson fell away from the pile on his back, video clearly shows him missing when tried to kick Vaccaro with his left foot before connecting with his right.

“I didn’t even know he was falling toward me but as I hit the ground,” Robinson said. “I seen him and my foot just made contact. I think it looked worse than it was.”

Robinson drilled Vaccaro in the shoulder and right side of his helmet with the bottom of his cleat before he was asked to leave the field.

“I don’t ever want to be labeled as a dirty player,” Robinson said. “I work hard and I try my best to keep the game clean, you know, because I know we are targeted based off reputation but it’s something that I can’t control. All I can do is just play each play one play at a time.”   

Fine me – Robinson, who was also flagged for a blindside block, could face a minimum of $38,602 in fines according to the league’s 2019 fine schedule depending how the league rules on the review.

It was reported by NFL Network and Monday that Robinson will not be suspended.

“I have not heard anything definitive about that. I hope that is the case,” head coach Freddie Kitchens said. “Greg is very remorseful. It does not do us any good now. He understands what he did was wrong, and that won’t happen again.”

In all there were six penalties called against the Browns Sunday that could draw a fine from the league office this week, including on defensive end Myles Garrett for an open hand punch.  

Garrett could be docked a minimum of $10,527, safety Jermaine Whitehead and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson could lose $21,056 for roughing the passer penalties and Devaroe Lawrence’s two words directed at an official could cost him $28,075.

Players typically appeal fines when they’re assessed.

Hand check – Baker Mayfield is okay according to Kitchens after the quarterback left FirstEnergy Stadium with a wrap on his right hand and wrist.

“X-rays were negative, so we are good to go,” Kitchens said.

Mayfield appeared to suffer the injury with just under two minutes left in the first half when he was taken down in the end zone for a safety by Titans linebacker Cameron Wake.  

Kitchens seemed optimistic that Mayfield won’t miss any practice time this week as they prepare for next Monday night’s game against the Jets in New York.  

“We are just now a day after the game so we will have to see how he feels,” Kitchens said. “I am pretty sure that he will be fine. I can’t say anything definitive right now as far as missing practice time, but I am pretty certain he will be fine.”

Not as bad as it looked – Despite Mayfield being sacked five times and the Titans registering seven QB hits, Kitchens didn’t feel the offensive line played as poorly as the numbers might indicate.

“There are other things that have to happen in protections. Tight ends are involved in protections. Running backs are involved in protections. Quarterbacks are involved in protections,” Kitchens said.

The ejection of Robinson and knee injury to his replacement Kendall Lamm forced Kitchens to move right tackle Chris Hubbard to left tackle and bring in Justin McCray to play right tackle.

“I think those guys did an admiral job in hanging in there,” Kitchens said. “They kept fighting. They kept giving us a chance at times. I am good with what they had to do overcoming a couple of tackles that were not there. We took seven guys to the game, and you really do not want to play but five. We played seven. When that happens, it is kind of a worst-case scenario, and those guys hung in there. They were not perfect by any stretch of imagination, but they did give us a chance.”