Terrell Suggs' low hit on quarterback Sam Bradford, which drew a roughing the passer penalty and prompted at least one Philadelphia Eagles player to call the outside linebacker a dirty player, got all the attention.
But it was only one of 17 penalties for 139 total yards — another four infractions were declined — assessed on the Ravens' in their humbling, 40-17, preseason loss to the Eagles, a lack of discipline that stood out even in a game filled with offensive, defensive and special teams miscues by the visitors.
"I don't think it's nothing to make a big deal out of," Suggs said, adding that it's preseason for the officials, too. "You got to look at them, and evaluate. It's football plays."
Ravens coach John Harbaugh obviously won't be as forgiving. Harbaugh praised his team a week earlier after it committed just six penalties in a preseason-opening victory over the New Orleans Saints. Last night, the Ravens' starting defense committed four penalties on the first Eagles' drive.
Some of the miscues could be chalked up to the number of inexperienced offensive linemen that the Ravens were forced to use — many of them out of position — because of a rash of injuries. Of the 21 penalties, eight of them were called on reserve offensive linemen who were thrust into more prominent roles. Ryan Jensen, who played all 90 offensive snaps, was flagged three times.
But the starters were hardly exempt from the penalty issues. Suggs and Elvis Dumervil were responsible for the four penalties on the Eagles' first drive, with Suggs getting three of them. Veteran safety Kendrick Lewis was flagged twice on Philadelphia's next drive, one for unnecessary roughness and the other for illegal contact.
"It affected me. I was worried about it, but I have to play the game," Lewis said. "I have to play the game how it's meant to be played. I'm going to look at the film and see where I could get it corrected, what I was doing wrong, what I was doing right and just go from there."
Suggs, meanwhile, will wait to see if he hears from the NFL about a potential fine for the low hit on Bradford, who has had his knee surgically repaired twice in the past three years. Suggs' contention was that Bradford was fair game as a quarterback running the read option. He also instructed those who questioned the hit to "learn the rules" and said he "eased up" before hitting Bradford.
The Eagles weren't buying it and All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters accused Suggs of planning the low hit.
Safety Terrence Brooks, who was taken off the physically unable to perform list early last week, did not play a snap in Saturday's game. Cornerback Asa Jackson was the Ravens' primary return man, but he played just five defensive snaps. … Harbaugh said the team's sideline phones weren't working in the first half and it resulted in an inability to get plays called to the defense on several occasions. … Because of a 15-yard chop block penalty on reserve tight end Konrad Reuland on a two-point conversion attempt late in the game, Justin Tucker was forced to kick an extra point from 48 yards. He converted.