- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2003

From combined dispatches

NEW YORK — An officiating blunder Sunday gave the Baltimore Ravens critical extra time in their fourth-quarter comeback victory over Seattle, the NFL said yesterday.

NFL supervisor of officials Mike Pereira said both the 40-second clock and the game clock should have been restarted after an officials’ conference over a penalty call with 58 seconds left in regulation. The Seahawks had the ball and led 41-38.

Because the clock wasn’t started, the Ravens had 39 seconds left instead of four or five when they got the ball back on downs at the Baltimore 33.

They ended up tying the game on Matt Stover’s field goal following a key 44-yard pass interference penalty. Baltimore won 44-41 in overtime.

BRONCOS: Tight end Shannon Sharpe separated rib cartilage against Chicago in the fourth quarter of Denver’s 19-10 loss when hit by safety Bobby Gray. Sharpe held on for a 28-yard reception, but lay on the field for about a minute before being helped off. He didn’t return.

JAGUARS: After producing one touchdown in the last two games, Jaguars rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich could be heading to the bench. Coach Jack Del Rio said he is considering starting David Garrard when the Jaguars play Tampa Bay on Sunday.

TEXANS: Houston won’t know whether David Carr can play against Atlanta until his workout tomorrow.

Carr, who missed Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to New England with a sprained right shoulder, was listed as the No.3 emergency quarterback against the Patriots.

BROWNS: Cleveland linebacker Ben Taylor remained hospitalized with a staph infection in his elbow. The Browns tried unsuccessfully to treat Taylor with antibiotics before the second-year player from Virginia Tech was taken to the hospital.

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