By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
7:42 AM EDT, September 28, 2012
Reacting in frustration, Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger shoved Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas with both hands.
Thomas fell to the ground, perhaps even flopping in a bit of an acting job, in the opinion of Kruger.
Kruger drew an extremely untimely unnecessary roughness penalty on fourth down, giving Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden a first down and one more shot with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
"I was just getting held pretty bad," Kruger said. "I threw my hands at him to get him off me and he flopped pretty bad. Unfortunately, they called it. I wish I was that strong. I would be doing that every play. Yeah, he just flopped pretty bad."
Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee pressured Weeden into an incompletion to Greg Little, and the Ravens preserved a 23-16 victory Thursday night.
So, Kruger was off the hook
"From what I have been told, there wasn't much there," coach John Harbaugh said. "I'll have to see it first, but we talked about it. And that's always a concern. That's always something, as a football coach, I think you have to look at.
"Sometimes, the smallest thing is going to be misinterpreted, maybe in your eyes, and you just have to walk away from everything. You walk away from everything in that kind of situation. He knows that."