Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
Look, the Ravens were probably toast before officials called a personal foul on Terrell Suggs that allowed Buffalo to run out the clock. But the call deprived them of a last, desperate possession. And it never should have been whistled. If Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel wanted to take a knee, he could've done so. But instead, he backpedaled, hoping to run a few precious seconds off the clock. Given that decision, Suggs had every right to attempt a hit that could have knocked the ball loose. The sack appeared routine, frankly, not some wild headshot. But because Manuel's helmet rolled off, the officials called unnecessary roughness. I'm unclear how it's Suggs' responsibility to keep Manuel's helmet on his head. Should he tighten his chinstrap for him the next time? The NFL finds itself in an impossible position with the issue of head injuries. The only way to make football safe is to abolish the game as we know it. No one involved wants that, so we're stuck in this weird limbo where officials overreact to routine contact at least once a game. Maybe their vigilance will produce a chilling effect that gradually reduces injuries. I doubt it, but maybe. What we certainly have, right now, is a game that's more frustrating to watch than it was five years ago.
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