Bernard Pollard gets backing from John Harbaugh

Strong safety disputed helmet-to-helmet penalty on Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander, and Ravens coach sided with Pollard

  • Bernard Pollard is called for a personal foul on San Diego's Danario Alexander.
Bernard Pollard is called for a personal foul on San Diego's… (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth…)
November 27, 2012|By Edward Lee

Bernard Pollard paced the Ravens in tackles with eight, but the strong safety also drew some attention for an almost-costly penalty that he drew in the fourth quarter of the team’s 16-13 overtime win against the San Diego Chargers Sunday.

Quarterback Philip Rivers overthrew wide receiver Danario Alexander by several yards on first down-and-10 from the Ravens’ 47-yard line. But Pollard threw himself at Alexander, who appeared to be a step or two out of bounds, and an official flagged Pollard for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player.

The penalty contributed to a 30-yard field goal by kicker Nick Novak that gave San Diego a 13-3 advantage with 7:51 left in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Pollard expressed frustration with the penalty, arguing that it was “a clean hit.” On Monday, Pollard got some support from coach John Harbaugh.

“My take on it is, I will be looking forward to seeing what the league says on that,” Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills. “Bernard took every precaution to make it legal. It was a legal, solid hit in his eyes, and I would have to say in my eyes, too, just from a coaching standpoint. So that’s how I saw it.”

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