John Harbaugh uses hard hit as teaching point for Ravens
— 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.”
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