Late For Work 11/17: Lewis Fuming Over Quinn’s “Cheap Shot”

Plus the Ravens benefit from the Brady rule, Kruger looks like a rookie and LJ joining the Bengals.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 9:09 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Lewis Fuming Over Quinn’s ‘Cheap Shot’

Linebacker Ray Lewis accused Browns quarterback Brady Quinn of dirty play after the quarterback delivered a controversial block that knocked linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs out of Monday’s game, reported USA Today.

Quinn hit Suggs low after throwing an interception in the second half of the Browns’ 16-0 loss.

“Heck yeah it was a cheap shot,” Lewis snapped. “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.”

Quinn maintained he did not mean to injure Suggs.

“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.”

If Suggs can’t play Sunday against the Colts, it would be a big blow for the Ravens. The team has struggled trying to get pressure on quarterbacks and Suggs is the team’s top pass rusher. The Ravens might look to rookie Paul Kruger, who came in as Suggs’ replacement.

Josh Cribbs taken to hospital

Browns receiver Josh Cribbs was removed from the field on a stretcher after the conclusion of Cleveland’s 16-0 loss to the Ravens on Monday, reported the AP.

Cribbs was hurt on the game’s final play when the Browns were trying to extend a play as time ran out. He was taken to a local hospital. Browns coach Eric Mangini said Cribbs had movement when he left the field.

Players from both teams, as well as Mangini and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, huddled around Cribbs as medical officials tended to him on the field.

Ravens benefit from Tom Brady rule

In the past, it has been the Ravens defense complaining that officials protect quarterbacks excessively. But last night, there were no complaints from Baltimore as Joe Flacco benefited from the Tom Brady rule.

On a first down play from the Baltimore 26 late in the first half, Flacco faked a handoff to running back Ray Rice, then got rid of the ball quickly as Jason Trusnik of the Browns hit at the bottom of the shoulders-to-knees strike zone.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk believed it was a good call in light of the current contents of the rule book. While Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun said the penalty was a poor call by the officials and was nothing more than the continuation of the play by Trusnik.

Paul Kruger performed like a rookie

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg said the Paul Kruger looked lost in his first extensive NFL action.

“He jumped offside once, probably should have been flagged for jumping offside a second time, he got pushed around on a few runs and didn’t get much pressure on passing plays,” Van Valkenburg said.

“He’s not quite ready to be seeing regular action against good teams, as last night’s game proved.”

Larry Johnson to officially join Bengals on Tuesday

Peter Schaffer, the agent for the former Chiefs tailback, told the Kansas City Star that Johnson will finalize a deal with the Bengals on Tuesday.

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that the team would meet with Johnson, cut last week by the Chiefs, but added that Johnson would be a backup to Cedric Benson if he signed on.

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