Thursday, September 25, 2008
Ravens had accused Browns of intentionally injuring McGahee
By James Walker
The Baltimore Ravens accused certain Cleveland players of intentionally gouging the eyes of tailback Willis McGahee on two occasions last Sunday, but the NFL said Thursday it found no evidence of the Browns trying to intentionally hurt him.
The Ravens reported the incidents by sending tapes to the league office earlier this week.
"There is no evidence of [intentional wrongdoing]," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.
The Ravens are withholding the names they reported to the NFL. But in reviewing the tape, Cleveland middle linebacker Andra Davis is one of the players in question. Davis can be seen reaching under McGahee's visor and poking him in the right eye during a tackle near the goal line midway through the third quarter.
It is unknown who the Ravens believe is the second culprit, but they believe there were two separate cases Sunday that were intentional.
McGahee rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in the victory against the Browns. So far, he has had limited participation in practice this week because of his eye injury.
"That thing is swollen up badly," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. "As long as he can see, he'll play. But if he can't see, he's not going to be able to play. So we'll have to try to get that swelling down."
The Browns were caught off guard by the Ravens' inquiry.
"I have no knowledge of that," coach Romeo Crennel said. "I hadn't heard anything."
Crennel was asked if there are teams who go over the line with dirty play.
"I don't think there are teams, but [there are] players that will push the limit," he said. "You try to deal with those guys as best you can, point it out to the officials and talk to your team about keeping its composure."
This weekend, Baltimore (2-0) has a big game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) on Monday night in a battle for sole possession of first place in the AFC North. The teams split their season series last year.
James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.