Bernard Pollard struck again, and the curse of the Baltimore Ravens (and former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans) safety is as real as ever. New England Patriots running back Stevan Rildey was the latest victim, and I was gripped by the bowels of fear when he went down with that vicious hit. Nevermind the fact that Ridley fumbled, I don’t even think Mike Alstott could have held onto that jarring hit from Pollard.
When Ridley went down to the turf, I didn’t care about the fact that the ball was in Ravens possession, even though the Ravens obviously did. In fact, it was obvious that they cared more about the fumble and didn’t even realize Ridley was lying on the ground motionless.
It is a scary sight indeed to see a player simply lying on the turf, face-up, and just there. You knew immediately that the hit from Pollard would take Ridley out of the game, because it was a hit laced by a curse that has claimed Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Rob Gronkowski. Only this time, the Pats weren’t able to get the last laugh as they lost 28-13 to the Ravens.
I was saddened to see Ridley out of the game, and I hope he is alright. I especially hope that he did not suffer a concussion, because that was an absolutely nasty hit. I mean, Pollard outdid the knock Jerod Mayo had on Dennis Pitta, and that’s no easy feat. If any of you have any news on Ridley’s injury, then please share it in the comments section.
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