|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Ravens right guard Chris Chester denied Thursday that he intentionally tried to injur Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison while drawing a false-start penalty, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Harrison and several Steelers players told the Pittsburgh Gazette on Wednesday that they were upset over the play in question. On the extra-point attempt after Joe Flacco’s first-quarter touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin in last Sunday night's 13-10 Ravens loss, Chester fired off the line to hit Harrison -- which offensive linemen aren't taught to do on field-goal and extra-point tries because doing so opens gaps in the blocking wall.
Harrison believes that of course it was deliberate. He mentioned Wednesday in the Steelers' locker room, according to the Post-Gazette. He also said that there is no way that happens on an extra point because (offensive linemen) don't shoot out. He seriously belive that it is obvious it was blatant and on purpose.
NFL Defensive end Brett Keisel who is on the Steelers' extra-point defense, agreed. He said that he thinks it was a designed play. Because Chester just took off and kept driving him. So, Keisel does think it was intentional.
Harrison, who said he twice ran over Chester on plays before the incident, was asked if it was a cheap shot.
Chester said that wasn't the case. Chester believes that it's unfortunate that they feel that way. Because it was simply a mix-up in the huddle call on what we were trying to do, and he can't say too much with respect to our schemes. He don't want to give away too much information, but it was simply a mix-up in the huddle call.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked his thoughts on Harrison's allegations -- and had a blunt response. Chris Chester is in his 5th season with the Baltimore Ravens. He is originally from Tustin, California, ranking in at six foot three inches, 315 pounds, at the age of 27.