John Har­baugh uses hard hit as teach­ing point for Ravens

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The most vi­o­lent col­li­sion of Bal­ti­more Ravens train­ing camp oc­curred near the end of prac­tice Mon­day.

In an 11-on-11 drill that fo­cused on fourth­down sit­u­a­tions, tight end Daniel Brown tracked down a pass thrown to him near the right side­line. Cor­ner­back Sam Brown also at­tacked the ball. The de­fen­sive back de­liv­ered a hard, high hit to Daniel Brown. The col­li­sion was au­di­ble and sent the se­cond-year tight end’s hel­met sailing off of his head.

Daniel Brown stayed face down af­ter the hit. As he was be­ing tended to by train­ers, head coach John Har­baugh called the en­tire team in and ad­dressed them at the cen­ter of the field.

“We had one play left, so I didn’t run the last play be­cause I thought it was a great op­por­tu­nity to make a point,” Har­baugh said. “We were in a fourth-down sit­u­a­tion. Fourth down at the end of a game, we want to get off the field on de­fense. We don’t need that kind of penalty.”

Har­baugh didn’t be­lieve Sam Brown, an un­drafted rookie free agent out of Mis­souri Western St., de­liv­ered such a hard blow in­ten­tion­ally.

“He didn’t do it in­ten­tion­ally. I don’t even know if he saw Dan un­til the last se­cond, that’s what the other play­ers told me,” he said. “He was look­ing at the ball, so I don’t think he had any in­ten­tion of get­ting him up high. And then the ref­eree told me he didn’t get him high – one said he did and one said he didn’t.”

The of­fi­cial clos­est to the play did not throw a flag for a high hit. The one across the field did.

Af­ter ad­dress­ing the team, Har­baugh spoke with Daniel Brown as he was helped off the field. Sev­eral Ravens wished him well, too, in­clud­ing Sam Brown.

“He seemed OK,” Har­baugh said. “He seemed fine. We try to do the best we can to take care of one an­other at prac­tice and avoid those col­li­sions.”

OWINGS MILLS

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