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Harbaugh on Johnson's confusing run: 'I got no explanation'

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Harbaugh on Johnson's confusing run: 'I got no explanation'

Cardinals running back Chris Johnson set his team up for a field goal to take a 20-10 lead in the third quarter against the Ravens on Monday night with a 62-yard run. But though he went 62, the Ravens thought he should have been ruled down after only five yards.

Johnson was taken down by Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, but he never hit the ground. Johnson rolled over Williams' stomach, got up and took off for another 57 yards. Several Ravens' defensive players stood around as he kept running, apparently thinking the play was over, as the brief delay before he ran could have been called as forward progress.

Head coach John Harbaugh addressed the play after the 26-18 loss:

"I didn’t get much information [from the referees]. The communication wasn’t very good. I didn’t get much information at all. I got no explanation on that whatsoever that was of any value. Forward progress was stopped. If you hit him in that situation, then you’re going to get fined and penalized. It’s going to be a 15-yard penalty and a fine for player safety. The play, it was three seconds it was stopped for. He declared himself down. He was sitting there, so we shouldn’t have hit him there. It would have been a dangerous play."

Ravens safety Will Hill caught up with Johnson to save a touchdown, but the confusing play still allowed the Cardinals to gain a huge chunk of yardage and push their lead to 10 points at the time.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Last week, defensive tackle Michael Pierce was dismissed from practice after showing up in "less than ideal shape" according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Pierce joined WSNP-FM 105.5 Friday where he responded to being dismissed from practice. “Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said. “Being a nose guard, I want to be strong or what not. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

2. On the other hand, tight end Mark Andrews looks "bigger, faster and stronger" Zrebiec said. Andrews had a standout year last season as a rookie with three touchdowns and 34 catches for 552 yards. Zrebiec said Andrews has not slowed down and will be an even bigger asset to the Ravens offense this season.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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