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Ravens State They Did Not Tip Off Colts About Footballs in ‘Deflategate’ Saga

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In a series of statements Wednesday, the Ravens continued to deny that they tipped off the Colts about the Patriots’ alleged use of deflated footballs, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

“I’ve been consistent from the beginning when asked about whether the Ravens tipped off the Colts about deflated footballs,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in the statement. “I’ll say it again – we didn’t. We knew nothing about deflated footballs.”

The statements come a day after the NFL Players Association released more than 400 pages of documents related to the Deflategate controversy that arose following the Patriots’ victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.

The documents included an email sent by Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan to the team’s general manager, Ryan Grigson, in which Sullivan wrote that Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg called Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, a former Ravens assistant, before the AFC title game and warned him about the condition of the designated “kicking” footballs at Gillette Stadium.

Rosburg said in a statement that he did speak to Pagano in the days leading up to the game, but “there was no conversation regarding footballs.”

“On or about January 12, 2015, Chuck Pagano called me to ask about a punt-field goal substitution play that New England used against the Ravens in the divisional game (Jan. 10). At the 10:55 mark of the second quarter at the 34-yard line, New England sent its placekicker onto the field with the field goal unit. This caused us to defend the punt with our field goal block team. The play was blown dead by the officials because the Patriots were penalized for delay of game.

“Coach Pagano wanted to know about New England’s substitution, because the coaching video does not show the punt.”

Harbaugh also acknowledged that Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown texted Pagano on Jan. 16 and advised the Colts to pay attention to how the officials rotated the kicking balls in the game at Gillette Stadium.

“Coach Brown’s text did not mention the Patriots and did not complain about anything the Patriots did,” Harbaugh said in the statement. “The Colts never responded to Randy’s text, and he had no further communications with the Colts on this matter.”


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