League rules hits on New­ton le­gal

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

The NFL’s pre­lim­i­nary re­view of two ques­tion­able hits by Rams de­fend­ers on Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton de­ter­mined that nei­ther was clearly a vi­o­la­tion of league rules, ESPN re­ported Tues­day.

The hit by line­backer Mark Bar­ron ap­peared closer to a foul than an­other de­liv­ered by de­fen­sive tackle Aaron Don­ald.

Both plays in­volved New­ton be­ing hit in the hel­met.

Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera had sub­mit­ted one of the plays to NFL vice pres­i­dent of of­fi­ci­at­ing Dean Blandino for re­view. Rivera would not say which play he con­tested.

The hits came in the Pan­thers’ first game since New­ton spoke to Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell about feel­ing un­safe be­cause of­fi­cials were not pe­nal­iz­ing de­fend­ers who, in his opin­ion, il­le­gally made con­tact with him while he was in the pocket. Vik­ings keep­ing Walsh: The Vik­ings worked out mul­ti­ple kick­ers but are now plan­ning to stick with Blair Walsh, ESPN re­ported.

Walsh, 26, missed an ex­tra point and had a 46yard field goal blocked in the Vik­ings’ over­time loss to the Lions on Sun­day, ush­er­ing in a fresh round of un­rest af­ter he went three games with­out a missed kick. Walsh has now missed more ex­tra points (three) than any other kicker in the league this sea­son, and his 75 per­cent suc­cess rate on field goals is tied for 25th in the league. Bills’ Ryan an­gered: As if los­ing wasn’t frus­trat­ing enough, Bills coach Rex Ryan has a bone to pick with Sea­hawks coach Pete Car­roll and a Seat­tle fan who taunted Buf­falo as­sis­tant Kathryn Smith.

Ryan ral­lied to the de­fense of Smith, the NFL’s first full-time fe­male as­sis­tant, who was the tar­get of a sex­ist taunt Mon­day night. Rochester’s WROC-TV filmed a male fan yelling “Waitress!” at Smith and ask­ing her to get him a soda.

Ryan called what the fan yelled “ridicu­lous” and “class­less.”

Ryan also re­sponded sar­cas­ti­cally when in­formed Car­roll was un­happy the Bills coach called Sea­hawks cor­ner­back Richard Sher­man “an ass” af­ter Sher­man made a play along the Bills side­line and then ex­changed words with Ryan. Speak­ing on a con­fer­ence call, Ryan joked he for­got to check with Car­roll first about what his ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse should have been. Ex­tra points: Steel­ers coach Mike Tom­lin in­di­cated the thumb in­jury to All-Pro C Mau­r­kice Pouncey is not se­ri­ous, say­ing he could have a chance to prac­tice later in the week and pos­si­bly play Sun­day against the Cow­boys. Pouncey dis­lo­cated his thumb last week­end in Bal­ti­more and played only 19 snaps, tak­ing him­self out of the game on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. He saw a hand spe­cial­ist Mon­day and had surgery. ... DE Wal­lace Gil­berry re-signed with Ben­gals, whom he left af­ter last sea­son to be­come a free agent. Gil­berry played four games with the Lions before suf­fer­ing an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury and get­ting re­leased with a set­tle­ment. ... The Dol­phins re­leased CBBene Ben­wikere nearly a month af­ter claim­ing him off the NFL’s waiver wire.

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