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John Harbaugh is no fan of fumble-touchback rule that cost Ravens Week 5 win

John Harbaugh is no fan of fumble-touchback rule that cost Ravens Week 5 win

John Harbaugh made clear that C.J. Mosley needed to hold onto the ball on his interception return. 

But he also made clear that he is no fan of the rule that proved to be the turning point of Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Redskins.

To review, Mosley made a leaping interception at the Redskins 13-yard line and ran toward the end zone. As he neared the left corner of the end zone, Mosley reached out and tried to extend to the goal line, but he lost the ball, which bounced into the end zone and out of bounds for a Redskins touchback.

"Not only do you lose the turnover, you lose 19 yards of field position," Harbaugh said after the game. "I think it’s a crazy rule, but we have to understand that, and you have to protect the football when you’re doing that.”


No other time, other than on a fourth-down stop, does a team gains possession after a fumble without actually recovering it.

"To me, it’s way too much of a punishment for what happened," Harbaugh said on Monday.

"If you fumble it out of bounds anywhere else, the team that loses the ball gets the ball right there. If you fumble it through the end zone, you lose the ball and you lose 20 yards of field position. [That’s] pretty hard one to figure out.”

He's not alone. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio has called it "one of the worst rules in the game." Veteran pro football writer Don Banks, writing for NFL.com this week, called it "the league's worst, most nonsensical rule."

"Washington gets the ball at its own 20 on a touchback, somehow gaining yardage in the process of throwing an interception," Banks wrote. "In my view, that's way too much of a penalty for the team that created the turnover and made the positive play to begin with, and rewards the club that committed the turnover in an out-of-proportion manner.

"Give the ball to Baltimore in this case at the spot of the fumble, because nobody on Washington recovered it and deserves possession of the ball."

Any rules changes would have to go before the Competition Committee, which nixed Harbaugh's suggestions last year for expanded instant replay and regarding eligible receivers.

"I'm staying out of the Competition Committee stuff," he said.

In the meantime, Harbaugh said, "We don’t want to fumble the ball any time, especially through the end zone.”


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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.