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Monday, October 14, 2013
Harbaugh defends Elam's hit on Cobb

By Jamison Hensley

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended the hit delivered by rookie safety Matt Elam on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb.

Elam hit Cobb on the knee to end a drive in the second quarter and knocked him out for the rest of the game. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confronted Elam after the hit and called it a "questionable play" following the game, a comment that was met with a raised eyebrow from Harbaugh.

"I think Matt made a tackle," Harbaugh said Monday. "He was scrambling to try to catch up with that route as best as he could. To say that it could have been artistically palatable is pretty hard for me to understand."

It's difficult to criticize Elam because these are the types of hits that are going to occur when the NFL fines players thousands of dollars for hitting high. Instead of concussions, offensive players are going to be sidelined with knee injuries.

Rodgers said he felt like there was time to make a hit in the "legal hitting zone." Replays show a quick-hitting play where Elam made contact with Cobb almost as soon as the pass arrived.

"That's a fast route and they ran great route there and Aaron made a good, quick throw in there and Matt is doing the best he can to try to stop that play," Harbaugh said. "So, I have no idea what he's talking about."