Lewis asks NFL to fine Browns' Quinn for hit on Suggs

'Cheap shot ... illegal blow,' star says

November 18, 2009|By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com

At the end of a game punctuated by at least three disconcerting injuries, the Ravens' Ray Lewis asked the NFL to drop the hammer on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn for his low bridge on Terrell Suggs.

Lewis, who drew a $25,000 fine from the league for two incidents in the Ravens' Oct 11 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, said the hit on Suggs after a third-quarter interception was a dirty play.

"Heck yeah, it was a cheap shot, when you're running down and you're looking at the quarterback going at somebody's knees who doesn't even have the ball," Lewis said after Baltimore's 16-0 win over the Browns on Monday night. "I want to see if he gets the same fine I got or even higher. Now this man [Suggs] is out four or five weeks because of some baloney like that.

"That's an illegal blow. I don't care how you want to look at it."

The linebacker-defensive end is expected to miss time starting with Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Suggs left the stadium with his right leg in a brace and will have an MRI today. He has not missed a game in his seven-year career.

"We don't know anything until the MRI comes back. We'll just have to see what the results are on that," coach John Harbaugh said on WBAL-AM radio show Tuesday night.

Quinn was flagged for the low block on the play, and it helped set up the Ravens' final score, a 44-yard field goal by Steve Hauschka. He apologized for the hit afterward.

"I would never wish that upon anyone," Quinn said. "I was upset about it on the field. We worked out in Arizona together. I couldn't be any more sorry about that. That was never the intent. I'm sorry to Terrell and the rest of their team."

Two other players had to be carried off the field Monday. The Ravens' Haruki Nakamura broke his right ankle on the opening kickoff when teammate L.J. Smith knocked Cleveland's Joshua Cribbs into Nakamura.

On the last play of the game, Ravens defensive tackle Dwan Edwards knocked Cribbs to the ground after a hook and lateral play. Cribbs had to be immobilized and taken from the field on a cart, then sent to the hospital.

Other injured Ravens include tight end Todd Heap (ribs) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (concussion).

Too busy for the movie
The movie based on his life story premiered in New York City Tuesday night, but Ravens rookie offensive lineman Michael Oher wasn't be there.

Given that he is in the midst of his first season in the NFL, that shouldn't be a surprise, said his adoptive parents. Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy.

"Michael is playing football. He is not going to movie premieres, he is not going to movie theaters. He is not going anywhere," Sean Tuohy said during a Tuesday teleconference to promote "The Blind Side," which opens nationally Friday. "And we respect that and we would hope other people would respect that."

Leigh Anne Tuohy added: "When Michael is getting prepared to play a football game, the movie is not the foremost thing on his mind."

Oher has not yet seen the film, which details his journey from impoverished Memphis teen to college graduate and NFL rookie. But his adoptive mother said he has seen a "bunch of cutups and clips," and recently e-mailed her and said: "Boy, this thing really is going to change people isn't it?"

"And of course that brought a tear to our eyes," Sean Tuohy said.

Calling for a breakthrough
The Ravens' offense has produced just one touchdown in the last two games - and none in the first half of the past five games. Veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason said the offense cannot continue to perform at that level, especially with games coming against the Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We know as an offense that [with] the teams we have coming up … we've got to help our defense out," Mason said on Monday night. "We have to score points, we've got to start off fast and end fast. So how we do it … we've got to figure that one out. We can't allow ourselves to get in a situation where we're only scoring seven points as an offense.

"We have to be able to at least score three or four times on offense. Until then, we'll keep on having battles like this. "

End zone
Former Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister has signed with the New Orleans Saints, according to the NFC South blog on ESPN.com. McAlister, a first-round draft pick by the Ravens in 1999, made the Pro Bowl three times. He was released by the Ravens early this year. ... The Pittsburgh-Baltimore matchup Nov. 29 will remain the Sunday night game even though NBC had the choice of moving another game. The league's flexible scheduling allows it to change the Sunday night game to a better matchup starting in Week 11.


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