Excused from practice all week following the death of his father, Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee returned for Thursday night's 48-17 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and blocked a Josh Scobee field goal attempt.
McPhee's father was 66.
"We were real close," McPhee said. "Old age, I guess it was just his time to go. When it's your time, it's your time and you never know when it will happen."
McPhee said he deeply appreciates the support of his teammates and coaches, which included several text messages and telephone calls.
"That's one thing about this team is everybody loves everybody," McPhee said. "As soon as I got back, everybody surrounded me like I was home and put a smile on my face and said they were happy to see me back. They're proud of me that I took it like a man."
On the football field, McPhee contributed, deflecting Scobee's 30-yard field goal try in the third quarter.
"Actually, I just tried to penetrate through the gap," McPhee said. "I jumped and got my hand off. It wasn't nothing spectacular. I try to block every field goal, but I just got that one. I tell myself, 'Never take a play off.'"Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun