OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis is furious, and so is Terrell Suggs’ agent.
An angry, frustrated reaction has defined the fallout after the Ravens’ Pro Bowl outside linebacker suffered a sprained knee when he was struck in the knee on a low cut block by Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.
Quinn has been accused of throwing a cheap shot at Suggs that could sideline him for a while.
Suggs’ prognosis isn’t as bad as originally feared with initial results from a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealing a slight tear of his medial collateral ligament in his right knee that should sideline him for at least two to three weeks.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that the team is still determining how long Suggs will be out. Following the game, Suggs was wearing a full leg brace with an electronic stem device attached to his leg.
The pass rusher wasn’t expecting to be hit when Quinn launched himself at Suggs’ knees after throwing his second interception, drawing a penalty during the Ravens’ 16-0 win Monday night over the Browns.
“Heck yeah it was a cheap shot,” Lewis said. “When you’re running down and you’re looking at the quarterback going at somebody’s knees who doesn’t even have the ball.
“I want to see if he gets the same fine I got or even higher. Now this man is out four or five weeks because of some baloney like that. That’s an illegal blow. I don’t care how you want to look at it.”
Suggs’ agent, Gary Wichard, told 24×7 in a telephone interview that Suggs’ status for the rest of the season is in doubt because of the illegal block.
“That cat should be fined as much as anybody is fined that hits the quarterback,” Wichard said. “That’s ridiculous. I don’t understand what he was trying to do. It was blatant. It’s absolutely criminal. It’s about as nasty as it gets.
“The guy had total control and went right for his knee. You can’t call that an accident. It was premeditated. The quarterback zeroed in on Terrell’s knee. That’s absurd. The ball carrier was right in front of him.”
Afterward, Quinn denied any malicious intent directed toward Suggs.
He claimed that he was trying to bring down cornerback Chris Carr, who intercepted the football.
“I was trying to go for the ball carrier,” said Quinn, who appeared to be upset about causing Suggs’ injury. “Suggs came across at the last second in my vision. I would never wish that upon anyone. I was upset about it on the field.
“We worked out in Arizona together. I couldn’t be any more. I couldn’t be any more sorry about that. That was never the intent. I’m sorry to Terrell and the rest of their team."
Relayed those comments over the phone, Wichard didn’t accept Quinn’s explanation.
As far as he’s concerned, it was an unacceptable and inexcusable act.
“Brady launched himself into a defenseless player,” Wichard said. “Terrell wasn’t even thinking about being hit. He tackled Terrell when the guy that he threw the interception to was running up the field. That should have been the target, not Terrell.”
“Going at someone’s knee can really have a huge effect on what happens as far as a guy maybe being gone for the year. It’s ridiculous. There was no reason to do that.”
Wichard questioned Quinn’s intentions and wondered about his intelligence at possibly infuriating other defensive players.
“You’re a quarterback, dude,” he said. “You can’t tackle, so don’t take a shot at his knee. This isn’t going to sit well with a lot of other defensive players. Dwight Freeney is absolutely pissed off.
“This guy, Brady, is on the cover of Muscle & Fitness, so take him on like you’re supposed to take him on. It was an illegal play. Nobody is going to give Brady the benefit of the doubt.”
Meanwhile, Browns wide receiver and kick returner Joshua Cribbs was carted off the field, hospitalized and released after tests were ruled negative for a concussion when he was blasted by defensive end Dwan Edwards on the final play of the game on a pointless hook-and-ladder play.
Edwards, who delivered a forearm to Cribbs’ facemask, denied suggestions that he was seeking revenge for Quinn’s hit on Suggs. Cribbs was released from the hospital at nearly 4 a.m.
“It wasn’t retribution,” Edwards said. “I’m definitely not a dirty player. It wasn’t a cheap shot. I’m just playing football.”
Browns coach Eric Mangini has drawn heavy criticism for the play and told Cleveland reporters today he wouldn’t call that play again in that situation.
“In retrospect, I’d probably do it differently if I had to do it again,” he said. “You don’t want anybody to get hurt on any play.”
NOTES: Inside linebacker Tavares Gooden suffered another concussion and didn’t play for the majority of the second half. He has a history of concussions this year and in the past, so it’s a cause for concern. … Tight end Todd Heap left the game with a chest injury after taking a shot in the side late in the game and is a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.