Nashville, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was given a five-game suspension - the longest for on-field behavior in NFL history - for stomping on Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode's head and kicking him in the face Sunday.
The NFL said Monday that Haynesworth was suspended for flagrant unnecessary roughness. The suspension, which is without pay, is effective immediately. Haynesworth will be eligible to return Nov. 19 for the Titans' game at Philadelphia.
"There is absolutely no place in the game, or anywhere else, for the inexcusable action that occurred in yesterday's Titans-Cowboys game," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Haynesworth was penalized and ejected from the game early in the third quarter after he stomped on Gurode's head, causing his helmet to pop off, then kicking him again following a 5-yard touchdown run by Julius Jones of the Cowboys.
Gurode received stitches above his forehead and beneath his eye.
"What I did out there was disgusting," Haynesworth said Sunday. "It doesn't matter what the league does to me. The way I feel right now, you just can't describe it."