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Stevan Ridley injury a scary sight

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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  • ed

    I’ve read almost every article about this hit and every article constantly mentions how the vicious hit was put on by Pollard. The problem is….the hit was so vicious because Ridley did what you’re never supposed to do when running forward….he lowered his head. We would get yelled at in practice for lowering our heads like that. Ridley is lucky to be walking. I hope he will be ok.

    • Joe Soriano

      Same here, and I was talking about this with my buddy. We both agreed that Ridley’s damage was partially self-inflected due to the fact that he lowered the shoulder, and Pollard’s hit was clean. Just a great football play from the safety that led to a terrible result for Ridley. The important thing is that he recovers fully and as quickly as possible. Thank you for the comment, Ed.

  • Christine Jacobia

    As I mother of two young men around Ridley’s age, I was floored that the refs didn’t put a stop to that! Ridley didn’t lower his head that much…Pollard led with his helmet and I don’t care what the play is, that should be illegal! Ridley was out cold BEFORE he hit the ground. I also don’t believe that a player who has been knocked out, from any team, should be charged with a fumble. It’s ludicrous!

    • Joe Soriano

      Christine, I appreciate the three comments you have left on the site, and I agree with almost everything you say in them. However, I will add that I don’t think Pollard’s hit was illegal. It was a devastating one, but no matter how bad I feel for Ridley I can’t go after Pollard (no matter how much I may want to haha) for that one.

      What bothered me was the seeming lack of concern displayed by the Ravens. The refs made the right call based on how the rules are, but it does suck to see a guy charged with a fumble after he was knocked out cold before the ball came loose. I think people are going overboard by “blaming” Ridley for putting his head down, but that’s just how things go in the NFL. Football is not for the faint of heart, and this is why. I’m just glad Ridley emerged from it ok.

      • Christine Jacobia

        I know Pollard’s hit was legal…I said it SHOULD be illegal! And I too am very glad he’s okay.

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