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Anticipating a quarterback sneak, Reed pounced on the fumbled exchange between center
It was a turning point in the Ravens' 9-6 victory Sunday at
"I knew it was a quarterback sneak," Reed said. "Me and
"He was going to snap it so quick and that's why he probably fumbled it. You just saw it coming. I've seen it so many times with [
Following an instant replay review, the fumble call was upheld. Afterward, Lilja took the blame.
The Ravens took advantage of the miscue against a team that leads the
"It was big, obviously," Ravens coach
Suggs not expected back for Texans game
The source refuted reports that Suggs was aiming toward that game, characterizing it as unrealistic he would be ready or that the Ravens would risk a setback by allowing him to play. The source added it's
far too soon to know exactly when the
The source said it's far more likely that Suggs would return sometime in November, perhaps later in that month
Suggs, who led the Ravens with 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season, is on the physically unable to perform list for the first six games of the season.
After the first six games, he has a three-week window to begin practicing and be placed on the active roster. If the Ravens want to, though, they could simply activate Suggs regardless of his ability to practice and simply carry him on the roster until he's ready.
It will take time for Suggs to get into optimum playing shape.
Cassel knocked out of game
An embattled starter, Cassel suffered a
"You get hit by Haloti Ngata, you will get a concussion," nose guard Ma'ake Kemeatu said.
Cassel was on the ground for several minutes before wobbling off the field with trainers.
It was a devastating hit as the 6-foot-4, 350-pounder had a full head of steam when he crashed into Cassel.
"I knew I hit him hard," Ngata said. "I didn't think I hit him hard enough to take him out."
Before kickoff, an airplane circled the stadium with a banner calling for Cassel to be benched and for general manager Scott Pioli to be fired.
Fans cheered when Cassel got hurt, seemingly overjoyed to see backup quarterback
"That's not cool," Ngata said. "He's your quarterback. For them to cheer for him being hurt, that's just not cool."
After the game, Cassel was visibly upset.
"It was sad to see the fans cheer for somebody getting hurt," Kemoeatu said. "It's a horrible situaiton. I hope he's fine."
Chiefs offensive tackle
"We are athletes, we are not gladiators," Winston told Kansas City reporters. "This isn't the Roman Colisseum. People pay their hard-earned money to come in here. I believe they can boo, they can cheer, they can do whatever they want. But when you cheer somebody getting knocked out, I don't care who it is, and it just so happened to be Matt Cassel, it's sickening. It's 100 percent sickening. I've been in some rough times on some rough teams. I've never been so embarrassed in my life to play football than at that moment right there."
"Matt Cassel hasn't done anything to you people, hasn't done anything to the media writers who kill him, hasn't done anything wrong to the people that come out here and cheer him. If he's not the best quarterback, he's not the best quarterback, and that's OK. But he's a person. And he got knocked out in a game, and we got 70,000 people cheering If you're one of those people who were out there cheering, or even smiled, when he got knocked out, I just want everyone to know it's sickening and disgusting."
Cassel completed only 9 of 15 passes for 92 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 38.1 quarterback rating.
The Chiefs' coaches showed little faith in him, even running the football in third-and-long situations.
"None, it was surprising becuase he's a very capable quarterback," cornerback
Tucker on the money
Tucker provided every point the Ravens scored Sunday, connecting on field goals from 28, 26 and 39 yards.
It was exactly what the Ravens required from the rookie kicker.
"It's good to come through when my team needs me," Tucker said. "Give credit to our defense and our offense also for just getting the job done in the fourth quarter when it matters the most. It doesn't have to be pretty but the result is what we're all looking for."
Tucker's last field goal came at the close of the third quarter to boost the Ravens' lead to 9-3.
"We took the clock down a little bit and where it may have looked like we rushed it, we had a plan," Tucker said. "The kick was good and we got the win. Everything was copacetic ."
It was an extremely rough day for offensive tackles
Tasked with blocking outside linebackers
"Houston was definitely the fastest guy I've had to block, I'll give it to him," said Osemele, a rookie second-round draft pick from Iowa State. "I've just got to do a better job of finishing him when he goes low and rips. That guy was so freaking explosive. He would pop off the ground and keep rushing.
"I'm learning every game. I've been going against some really good defensive ends. It's only going to make me better in the future."
This marked the second time Oher had trouble with Hali, a Pro Bowl selection. In the Ravens'
On Sunday, Hali recorded six tackles, two for losses and three quarterback hits.
"Hali's a great player, the guy gets after it," Oher said. "He's relentless. He does a great job of everything. I just got to go back and watch the film. I'm pretty sure I did a lot of good things and bad things."
It looked familiar, an interception by quarterback Joe Flacco where he didn't look off the secondary and focused on his primary read before being picked off.
In the third quarter, Flacco got picked off by cornerback
In this instance, it was single coverage and Flowers moved quickly to position himself in front of Boldin for the turnover.
"I saw him the whole way," Flacco said. "He did a double move there to come back. I thought Q had a step on him. I think he kind of grabbed Q's head or facemask because he came out of it, so he was able to break to the ball better than Q was."
Boldin had a similar take on what happened.¿
"He grabbed my facemask as I was coming out of my break," said Boldin, who was targeted 10 times and caught four passes for 82 yards. "I was trying to locate where Joe was and he grabbed it and my head went down. I'm not going to complain about it. It's football."
The Ravens made it out of the game fairly healthy, reporting no injuries. Defensive end