NFL won't fine Ravens players
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed will not be fined for disparaging comments made regarding the officiating in Sunday's game against the Patriots, league executive Ray Anderson decided Tuesday. Anderson's decision was relayed through a league spokesman.
Lewis had called two roughing the passer penalties against the Ravens "embarrassing," while safety Reed called some of the spots the Ravens received at the line of scrimmage "terrible."
The Ravens were called for two key roughing the passer penalties, one on Haloti Ngata in the first quarter and another on Terrell Suggs in the second quarter, that kept drives alive. The Patriots ended up scoring touchdowns on both drives.
"Without totally going off the wall here, it is embarrassing to the game," Lewis said after the 27-21 loss to the Patriots. "[Tom] Brady is good enough to make his own plays. Let him make the play. When you have two great teams that are going at it, let them go at it. Both of their touchdown drives had personal fouls that kept drives alive. Did that win or lose the game? No, but it got them 14 points."
Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, was present at the game.
"I know Joe [Flacco] got hit [six] different times hard, and there was one call," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "There were five that weren't called, and the one that was called was the sixth. Tom [Brady] didn't get hit five times. We want him to be hit more than he was hit, but when he did sort of get hit, it was called. That goes to the credibility of the whole thing."
Asked if the Baltimore defense might be scrutinized more than other teams because of its surly reputation, Harbaugh replied, "That's an interesting question. I sure hope not, because that goes back to the credibility of the league and the credibility of the game."
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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