Browns Notes: Mike Tomlin says Steelers didn't cause brawl

Joe Schobert on contract talks, S Morgan Burnett put on IR

Daryl Ruiter
November 19, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pulled the ultimate Sgt. Schultz Tuesday.

Like quarterback Mason Rudolph, Tomlin feigned innocence following Thursday night’s brawl in Cleveland that saw Browns defensive end Myles Garrett rip Rudolph’s helmet off his head and then hit him with it.

Tomlin was asked during a press conference in Pittsburgh if he and his team learned anything from the incident.

“Nothing to learn there,” Tomlin said.

A reporter followed up to which Tomlin responded, “I don’t know. You’ve got to ask those guys. You, know, I don’t know that we did anything to make it happen anyway in the first place. That’s why I said we didn’t have anything to learn from it.”

Replays clearly showed that before Garrett lost it, Rudolph attempted to twist and pull Garrett’s helmet off, revealing a large portion of the back of Garrett’s head before Garrett pulled Rudolph up by his facemask, tearing the helmet off. Rudolph charged at Garrett and Garrett swung the helmet, striking Rudolph on the top of the head.

The NFL decided just to fine Rudolph for his role in agitating, inciting and escalating the situation.

Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay and fined, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey suspended for 3 games without pay and fined for punching and kicking Garrett in the melee and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi suspended for 1 game without pay and fined for shoving Rudolph in the back.

All 3 players are appealing their punishments. Ogunjobi’s appeal was heard Monday, Pouncey’s was scheduled for Tuesday and Garrett’s Wednesday.

Both franchises were also fined $250,000 and a significant of individual fines are expected to be handed down later in the week.

Scho goes on? – Linebacker Joe Schobert confirmed Monday that his representatives have had discussions with the Browns on a contract extension, but a deal does not appear to be imminent.

“I know they’ve had conversations,” Schobert said. “I just let [my agent] do his job and I just try to focus on football.”

Schobert, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, hopes a deal gets done and he is able to stay in Cleveland.

“You always want to have the long-term security and comfort in knowing where you’re going to be and what team you’re going to be on,” Schobert said.  

Schobert had 2 interceptions in Thursday night’s 21-7 win over the Steelers.

The 2017 Pro Bowler has started 43 of 55 games for the Browns since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has 6 tackles for loss, 4 QB hits, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery this season.

Burnett to IR – The Browns placed safety Morgan Burnett on injured reserve Tuesday.

The move was a mere formality after Burnett suffered a torn Achilles in last Thursday night’s 21-7 win over the Steelers.

Burnett, who has a year remaining on the 2-year, $7.5 million contract he signed in the offseason, started all 8 games he appeared in for the Browns in 2019. He is scheduled to make $3.15 million in 2020 but with the guaranteed money paid, the Browns have the ability to move on should they choose to.

Burnett finished the season with 41 tackles, two sacks, two pass breakups and an interception.  

Depth chart changes – The Browns released their unofficial depth chart Tuesday for their Week 12 game against Miami and there are notable changes to the defensive front.

With Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi suspended, Devaroe Lawrence replaces Ogunjobi at defensive tackle and Chad Thomas for Garrett at defensive end. With Olivier Vernon’s status yet to be determined, Chris Smith is in line to start for him.

Juston Burris likely replaces Burnett at safety.

Injury report – S Eric Murray (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)