Leftwich looked like he was running out of bounds, which caused Pollard to pull up and not run at full speed to make the tackle. At the last moment, Leftwich cut back upfield and ran past the rest of the Ravens defenders in the area for a touchdown.
Pollard admitted he pulled up because of the possibility he could be fined for hitting a quarterback that’s looking to take a play out of bounds. In violent terms, he said that won’t happen next time.
“If a quarterback is going to the sideline, and I have a chance, I swear to you I’m going to kill him,” Pollard said.
To public knowledge, the Ravens have been fined a total of $134,625 this season. This includes the organization being fined $20,000 for not including Reed’s torn labrum on the injury report and a previous $21,000 fine Reed was given for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Deion Branch during Baltimore’s Week 3 game against the New England Patriots.
Though the NFL has donated these fined dollars to charitable causes, players aren’t too keen on being fined for plays they don’t believe warrant extra punishment.
At the end of the 2011 NFL lockout, the owners and the NFL Players Association signed a collective bargaining agreement that put in place the current disciplinary policy on how fines are handled. Pollard’s beginning to think that area of the agreement needs another look.
“We wouldn’t be talking about this if the system worked,” Pollard said. “Obviously, the system’s not working. You have to be careful on what you agree to. I don’t want this to sound like an excuse that we just signed it to sign it. I’m pretty sure things were looked at and people went over it as deep as they could. But when it’s all said and done it’s not working right now. We need to get back to this thing and iron some things out.”
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