The Ravens and Terrell Suggs’ agent are raising hell about a hit Brady Quinn put on Suggs last night after an interception, so I went back to the video and broke it down frame by frame:
Ray Lewis and Suggs’ agent Gary Wichard are both saying the hit was a blatant cheap shot, but in the context of the play, where the ball carrier was, I don’t know how you can fault Quinn. His hit on Suggs clearly caused the ball carrier to change direction and be tackled an instant later.
Quinn’s explanation of the play to the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER:
Quinn spoke to Suggs on the field and was visibly upset when Suggs limped off. “I was trying to go for the ball carrier,” he said. “Suggs came across at the last second in my vision. I would never wish that upon anyone. 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.”
From the video, I can’t dispute what he’s saying there.
Meanwhile, Ray Lewis told the BALTIMORE SUN it was a blatant dirty play.
“Heck yeah it was a cheap shot,” Lewis said after the Ravens’ 16-0 win. “When you’re running down and you’re looking at the quarterback going at somebody’s knees who doesn’t even have the ball. I want to see if he gets the same fine I got or even higher. Now this man is out four or five weeks because of some baloney like that.”
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Suggs it appears may have suffered a significant knee injury and we all feel bad for him, but in this case, I don’t think there’s any punishment that can be leveled on Quinn. And the severity of Suggs’ knee injury should have no bearing on a sanction the league office would place on Quinn.