As we await Myles Garrett’s punishment, these are the longest NFL suspensions for on-field incidents

The question isn't whether Myles Garrett will be suspended for striking Mason Rudolph with the helmet he ripped off the head of the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback. 

It's how long the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell will ban the former No. 1 overall pick and Cleveland Browns defensive end. 

Will it be a historic suspension? That will be sorted out, perhaps sooner rather than later. And the same goes for the Pittsburgh Steelers that retaliated with punches and kicks of their own. 

But until the league announces the penalties from Thursday night's melee, we look back at a few other big punishments handed down by the league over the years for on-field transgressions:

Vontaze Burfict

Suspended indefinitely for his persistent helmet-to-helmet hits over the course of his career (2019) 

Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict is out for at least the remainder of the 2019 regular season. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

The indefinite suspension followed two other larger punishments for Burfict, who was suspended five games in 2017 and three games in 2015 for his illegal hits.

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Albert Haynesworth

At the time, Haynesworth's five-game suspension was unprecedented. Of course, it was warranted — he stomped on Andre Gurode's exposed head, which required 30 stitches to heal. 

Antonio Smith

Similar to what Garrett did to Rudolph, Smith ripped off Richie Incognito's helmet and swung it at his head during a preseason game. He was suspended two more preseason contests and one regular season game. 

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