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Players past, present respond to Garrett’s attack on Rudolph

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Mason Rudolph walks off the field during the Steelers' 21-7 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Browns thumped the Steelers, 21-7, in Cleveland Thursday night — but little of the post-game chatter focused on the game itself.

Instead, it centered around this, a late brawl sparked when Myles Garrett tackled Mason Rudolph late and then … Well, just watch:

The players in the game shared their thoughts.

“I know we play a sport that’s violent, but the dude’s defenseless when it comes to that,” Cam Heyward said. “If you want to set it up, set it up, but it never got to that point, man.”

“I thought it was pretty cowardly, pretty bush league,” Rudolph said of Garrett’s actions.

“Of course that’s not who we want to be at the end of the game,” Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said.

“It’s inexcusable. I don’t care, rivalry or not, we can’t do that,” Baker Mayfield said on the field after the game. “ … That’s just endangering the other team. That’s inexcusable. He knows that — [or] I hope he does now.”

And their peers — past and present — lost their collective minds, too.

Others stood up for the Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey, who retaliated with a series of punches and a kick to a downed Garrett after the helmet-swinging incident.

Even old friend Antonio Brown had to chime in:

So what's it mean for Garrett? Probably this:

Meanwhile, Todd Gurley just wanted to focus on … basketball.

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