NFL officials are reviewing a slide by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game in which he appeared to make a kicking motion directed at Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, according to an ESPN.com report.
Brady slid after a scramble run in the final minute of the first half. One leg was raised and hit Reed, who wasn’t hurt. Ravens safety Bernard Pollard called Brady out and said he should be fined.
He told reporters, “If you want to keep this going in the right direction, everyone should be penalized for their actions.”
According to the rules, quarterbacks are protected from being hit when they go to the ground and slide.
“We all know emotions are on the field,” Pollard said. “We’re going to say things. We’re going to do things. If you want to keep the game clean, if you want to keep this thing going in the right direction, everybody needs to be penalized for their actions.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh weighed in on the play, too.
“I saw the same thing everybody saw, so that would be in the league’s hands,” Harbaugh said. “It’s pretty straightforward what happened. I’m going to leave it up to you guys to make those evaluations and to the league to make that evaluation.”
Pollard has a history with Brady, having blown out the knee of the Patriots quarterback in the 2008 season opener when the safety was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. The injury cost Brady the rest of the season.
A fourth-quarter, helmet-to-helmet collision with Pollard took Patriots running back Stevan Ridley out of Sunday’s game, the fourth New England player to suffer a serious injury from a Pollard play. Pollard hurt receiver Wes Welker’s knee while playing for the Houston Texans in 2009, and he injured Rob Gronkowski’s ankle in last year’s AFC Championship Game as a member of the Ravens.