Terrell Suggs takes blame for John Harbaugh's unsportsmanlike conduct flag

Outside linebacker suspects that his yapping at official earned head coach the penalty in Sunday's win vs. Browns

November 08, 2012|By Edward Lee

Midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s 25-15 win against the Cleveland Browns, John Harbaugh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. The penalty was offset by an unnecessary roughness call on Browns rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon, but it was the second time this season that the Ravens coach had been cited for such an infraction.

But on Wednesday, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said he may have been the culprit for the penalty.

“There were a series of penalties down in the Cleveland game, I may have affected one,” the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year said. “I was kind of yelling at the referee, and my head coach kind of took it for me.”

Harbaugh spoke to the media before Suggs' admission and was unable to verify or deny his account. But Harbaugh said that the players haven’t given him much grief for the unsportsmanlike conduct calls, and he thinks he may have found a solution to prevent future infractions.

“I put a couple players in charge during the game of keeping an eye on me,” he said. “So they’re certainly happy to do that.”

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