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Ravens special teams coordinator hopes Patrick Scales' high snap was 'aberration'

Ravens long snapper Patrick Scales is coming off a game where his high snap led to a blocked punt.

Since long snapper Patrick Scales replaced an injured Kevin McDermott at the end of the regular season, he had snapped without incident until last Saturday's AFC wild-card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

During the fourth quarter, Scales' high snap caused punter Sam Koch to leap for the football. That threw off the timing of the operation, and when fullback Kyle Juszczyk missed his block, safety Shamarko Thomas blocked the punt out of bounds in the end zone for a safety.

As the Ravens prepare for Saturday night's AFC divisional round playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg expressed hope that Scales won't repeat that error.

"I certainly hope it's an aberration," Rosburg said Wednesday. "The fundamentals where you have to get the ball down, he snapped it too high. And it led to way too slow get-off time, and by that time the protection had broken down. So, it was obviously something we have to fix."

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