Ref responds to Ravens' roughing call

September, 19, 2010
9/19/10
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CINCINNATI -- There was a controversial call in Sunday's game between the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens that will be debated in the coming days.

A roughing the passer call against Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on quarterback Carson Palmer gave the Bengals 15 important yards and set up the go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter. Baltimore wasn't happy about it and >Cincinnati won the game 15-10.

Here was the response Sunday from Gene Steratore, who made the call against Suggs.
"The roughing the passer as I defined it in my opinion on that play is the defender who has driven his body weight onto the quarterback as he‘s tackling him. He’s applying his body weight on there. It’s a judgment call and in my opinion I felt like he had driven himself into the ground with the quarterback."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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