The Ravens send in questionable officiating calls to the NFL for review after every game, and Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that the team turned in the hit on wide receiver Breshad Perriman from Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.
The hit by safety Eddie Jackson left Perriman with a concussion and knocked him out of the game, and the Bears also came up with an interception on the play. Jackson delivered the hit with his forearm to the back of Perriman’s head as the third-year receiver was trying to haul in the bobbled pass.
Jackson’s hit appeared to knock Perriman out, as he laid face down on the turf for a few minutes before walking off the field uneasily with the aid of the training staff.
“We did turn it in,” Harbaugh said. “I’m not really allowed to comment on it, but I think we were correct in that idea. You want your players protected. And he’s in concussion protocol.”
The Ravens have not provided an update on Perriman’s status in terms of when they expect to get him back on the field.
Another questionable call earlier in the game came when Michael Campanaro fielded a punt in the first quarter. Campanaro signaled for a fair catch and was hit by Bears receiver Josh Bellamy after fielding the punt, but the officials didn’t flag him for colliding with Campanaro.
NFL rules say that when “a receiver has made a fair catch, an opponent is prohibited from blocking or tackling him, or causing a passive player of either team to contact him. Incidental contact is not a foul.”
The M&T Bank Stadium crowd clearly voiced its displeasure during the game, and Harbaugh had a talk with the officiating crew after the play.
“The way [the official] explained it to me was that he was not hit hard enough,” Harbaugh said. “I haven’t heard that before, but that was the explanation.”