Ronald Torbert, in his second season as a referee and sixth year as an NFL official, did not recognize Ravens guard John Urschel signaling he was lining up as an eligible player in a Monday night game Baltimore lost 26-18 at Arizona.
At the end of each practice, Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo drills his young offensive linemen to ensure their development, as the typical game-week practice doesn't allow for much attention their way.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he didn¿t get an update Monday on starting center Jeremy Zuttah¿s sprained left shoulder, but starting left tackle Eugene Monroe told him Monday ¿he felt very confident that he would be back¿ after the Week 9 bye.
Top league officials might ignore some of the issues because the NFL is a money-making monster gobbling up billions every year, but the on-the-field product has dropped in quality. A lot of games have lost appeal. Officiating has been horrendous and seems to get worse every week. Injuries continue to mount, especially to star players who are disappearing as fast as the fundamentals.
For the first time all season, the Ravens scored on their first drive. But they needed to settle for a field goal by Justin Tucker rather than a touchdown partly because of a curious call by referee Ronald Torbert.