For the second week in a row, a Ravens' safety faces questions about a hit on the sidelines that drew a 15-yard penalty.
Bernard Pollard hit San Diego Chargers receiver Danario Alexander on an overthrown pass from Philip Rivers on a first-down play. That placed the ball at Baltimore’s 32 and led to a 30-yard field by Nick Novak that gave San Diego an 13-3 lead with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter.
"I’m not concerned at all. It’s clear," Pollard told CSN’s Brent Harris after the game. "He had a chance to catch the ball. …
"I don’t think it’ll be a fine. If it is, I’m going to appeal it."
The penalty appeared to be a momentum killer for the Ravens, who vehemently protested the call, but they were able to come back and win 16-13 in overtime.
It came a week after safety Ed Reed was penalized, and initially suspended, by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
The one-game suspension was overturned on appeal and Reed’s fine was reduced from $423,000, a week’s salary, to $50,000.
Replays appeared to show that Pollard did not strike Alexander with his helmet.
"I’ll be looking forward to what the league says on that," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "I think Bernard took every precaution to make it legal. It was a legal, solid hit in his eyes and I would have to say in my eyes, too."