The NFL reinstated Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett on Wednesday.
Garrett was suspended indefinitely after Week 11 of the 2019 season after taking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and swinging it at his head amid a brawl at the end of their game.
Garrett, who is black, appealed his suspension and accused Rudolph of using a racial slur on the field. But Rudolph, through his attorney, denied the accusation, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league found no evidence of that in its investigation.
Garrett missed the Browns’ last six games of the season, making it the longest suspension in NFL history for a single incident.
NFL Network reported that Garrett met with the league office Monday. He was required to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell before being considered for reinstatement.
“We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” Andrew Berry, the Browns’ recently hired general manager, said in a statement. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”