Paul Kruger disappointed by costly penalty

FootballSportsPittsburgh SteelersPaul KrugerCharlie BatchMike WallaceShaun Suisham

Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger sacked Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch once, marking the fourth consecutive game the Ravens' leading pass rusher has had at least one sack.

However, that's not the play that will stick with Kruger from a 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

During the first play of the Steelers' game-winning drive, Batch threw a 10-yard completion to Mike Wallace as Kruger crashed into him late from behind and was flagged for roughing the passer. The 15-yard infraction gave the Steelers a first down at the Ravens' 19-yard line and eventually led to the game-winning field goal from Shaun Suisham.

"I had a clear shot at him," Kruger said. "I just threw my hands to high and shouldn't have made it that close. It was a big mistake on my part for even making it a possible call, and I can't believe I put my teammates in that situation. There's not much to say."

Kruger said he disagreed with the call.

"I didn't think so, but I saw out of the corner of my eye the referee throw the flag," said Kruger, who leads the Ravens with 6 1/2 sacks. "I'm just disappointed in myself, and I can't put my teammates in that situation."

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