The National Football League will review the slide by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in which his leg struck Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens during the American Football Conference championship game.
During the closing seconds of the first half in the Ravens’ 28-13 victory, Brady slid to the ground after scrambling out of the pocket. His right leg extended upward and made contact with Reed, who jumped over the quarterback and wasn’t injured.
NFL spokesman Corry Rush said plays like Brady’s slide are routinely reviewed to determine if discipline is warranted.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh yelled at officials after the play, asking why no penalty had been called on Brady, and said yesterday that it’s “pretty straight-forward what happened.” NFL quarterbacks can’t be hit by a defensive player when they slide to the ground after a run.
“I’m going to leave it up to you guys to make those evaluations and to the league to make that evaluation,” Harbaugh said at a news conference, a day after his team advanced to the Super Bowl.
Ravens safety Bernard Pollard told reporters yesterday that Brady should be fined for sticking his leg up.
“We all know that emotions are on the field, we’re going to say things, we’re going to do things,” Pollard said. “But when it’s all said and done, if you want to keep the game clean, everyone should be penalized for their actions.”
Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 by the NFL in November for striking Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin with his foot. That fine for unnecessary roughness came after four other cases in which Suh had been fined or suspended by the NFL.
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