Heath Miller, Flozell Adams knocked out for Steelers

The Ravens are doing their best to knock the Steelers out of the AFC North race.

Steelers tight end Heath Miller left with a concussion late in the third quarter.  Right tackle Flozell Adams limped off with a leg injury.  Miller’s injury happened on a clear unnecessary “defenseless receiver” hit by Jameel McClain of the Ravens.  We’d be shocked if McClain didn’t get a fine from the league and we’re amazed the play wasn’t called a penalty.

UPDATE: SI’s Peter King reports the NFL has already admitted an error in the game.

The Ravens lead 10-6 after making a goal line stand to start the fourth quarter.

62 responses to “Heath Miller, Flozell Adams knocked out for Steelers

  1. So what if they admit an error? The real question should be WHY was this not called on the field? Does ANYONE have any doubt if a Steeler had delivered that blow it would have been called?

    It leads to the rather obvious conclusion that the Steelers have been targeted for special attention. The league is finding itself in the inevitable and easily foreseen situation where their lack of true enforcement of their so-called safety rules is shown to be a sham.

    For weeks now it has been obvious that a lot of plays that appeared to violate the new standards are not being called – leading to the whining from the Steelers and their fans. The NFL has backed themselves into an embarrassing corner where it is now obvious that the referees on the field are actually not truly prepared to apply the new standards to all teams.

  2. it’s not the fines that matter! You have to hit them for 15 yards. Can anyone honestly say that there is a 100% chance the flag would have been thrown if the hit was by Harrison?

  3. They no longer call personal fouls on the Steelers, they call holding on 3 or 4th downs.
    Things they could call every play, but only do it at key times against the them.

  4. To me, it definitely looked McClain was trying to pull up but when you’re playing full speed you can’t just stop. It’s football…stuff like that is inevitably gonna happen.

  5. No fan of the Steelers or the Ravens, but this game is horrendous!! Ben’s nose getting blown up, Miller taking a huge shot to the cranium, the horse collar tackle on Keomatu’s fumble recovery and NO PENALTIES called?!?!?!? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some holding calls by BAL going unchecked as well.

    I promise never to think of Steeler Nation as whiny again…cross my heart…However, I can’t promise the same for ViQueen fans! 🙂

  6. If Harrison had made that same kind of hit, he would’ve been flagged, ejected, arrested on the way to the locker room, Baltimore’s version of Jack Ruby would’ve shown up and capped him, & THEN he would’ve been fined posthumously by the NFL.

  7. Deb says:
    Dec 5, 2010 11:05 PM
    The NFL admits the error. Isn’t that sweet?
    ================

    Absolutely unbelievable. Maybe the most blatant illegal hit of the year, and the ref was staring at it.

    If this doesn’t lead to the first suspension under the new enforcement edict, then I will have to throw in the towel and actually side with the Steeler fans on this.

    That hit was clear, obvious, brutal, and inarguably illegal.

  8. McLain tried to pull up? Yeah, try again. And guess what nitwit, it is still a penalty.

    Would figure a Ratbird fan couldn’t tell the difference.

    Oh well. At least the Steelers knocked the Ravens out. What will Baltimore’s excuse be this time? If not for McFadden they wouldn’t have been in the game at all. And was Ed Reed playing? Couldn’t tell. Was too interested in the stellar play of the best safety in the league.

  9. generally if a QBs nose gets broken in a game that would mean someone hit him in the head area yet I saw no penalty.
    explain that florio. the obi wan of legal hits.

  10. the statement that the Steelers are getting what they asked for for taking on the Commish, actually confirms the idea that they are being targeted. I don’t care why they are, but if they are going after the Steelers then that’s plain wrong! Throw the flags fair or just stop pretending that you care about these kinds of hits.

  11. Wow, the fine will come for both hits. That being said, I am a Steelers fan too… Those calls are tough to make and are judgement calls. Did the refs miss the penalties? Absolutely, yes they did, but in full-game speed it is tough to make those calls. I will not sit here and say there is a double standard UNLESS no fines are presented to Ngata and McClain. The calls on the field cannot always be right…

    On a side note, what a classic Steelers/Ravens match-up. Hard hits, low scoring and overall good sportsmanship :).

  12. Goodell’s the one that needs to stop crying. At least, he needs to go cry in some cities other than Pittsburgh. Share your femininity with the rest of the league, Rog. The Ravens asked you out on a date tonight.

  13. NO ONE can even attempt to argue after watching this game that the refs and Goodell are specifically and maliciously targeting the Steelers in calling blows to the head.

    So let’s see

    (1) Ben gets his nose broken by shot to the face. No flag

    (2) Miller gets knocked unconscious with text book forearm to head, in a defenseless position. No flag

    (3) Suggs yanks Ben by the helmet. No flag.

    Give me a fing break. This is ridiculous

  14. Couple of tough-ass teams. Football the way it’s meant to be played. Beautiful.

    “I believe the game is designed to reward the ones who hit the hardest. If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t play.” – Jack Lambert.

    “Who is Joe Namath? This is a guy who, if he played in the league today, I’d probably just go hit him late and see what he did, just for the hell of it. Joe Namath can go to hell; he can kiss my ass.” Greg Lloyd, after NBC commentator Joe Namath accused Lloyd of playing dirty (1991).

  15. We’re gonna taunt the commissioner some more, Mrs. Palin, like yourself, he’s a gutless corporate stooge who, as Mark Cuban once said, couldn’t manage a Dairy Queen.

    The fact these problems have surfaced under his regime should be a point of embarrassment on his part, and the fact the most horrendous act of cowardice this season – the hit on Miller – wasn’t ruled a penalty by the geriatric group of officials proves his complete and total incompetence over the empire he inherited.

    I dunno…I’d be ashamed if I were him. That hit was so ridiculously dangerous, it’s a miracle Miller can walk.

  16. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says:
    Dec 5, 2010 11:22 PM
    Stop crying Steeler fans. The Steelers taunted the Commish. Got what they asked for
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    Crying? the better team won the game! we are celebrating!!!!!!!!

    And for once, NO IDIOT can say the refs had any thing to do with it, well, at least for helping the steelers.

    And DEB, YES BEN is a leader and a great qb. Lets talk abot his leadership tonight. Nothing to say tonight whiners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Why cry? The Steelers won the game. The Ravens beat the crap out of the Steelers. Troy caused a fumble. Redman scored a touchdown and Flacco’s 4th down pass went into the turf. The Steelers got what they asked for a victory!! EAT THAT HATERS!

    GO STEELERS!

  18. See … it takes an intelligent woman like snarkygurl to be able to look at a game objectively and see it for what it is.

    And then you have little boys like profootballwalk and palinforpresidentofnorthkorea. Baby, we’re not crying. Despite everything the league threw at us and everything the Ravens threw at us we won.

    🙂

  19. The bigger farce here is this thread. If a Steeler made that hit Florio would have had 10 posts about how the player should be fined and kicked out of the league and how the organization needs fined.

    A Steeler TAKES that hit and Florio the haters makes a cute little joke about somebody being knocked out.

    nice agenda drive site Foolio!

  20. As a Ravens fan, I wish the media would stop anointing Flacco as the next coming of JC because of his ratings numbers. He disappears more than half of every game and kills our defense with those droughts. He’s good, but he doesn’t beat good teams with the weapons he has at his disposal. And OC Cam Cameron thinks every game is against the defense of the ’85 Bears. He’s a choke artist. I hate the Steelers, but you could see they were manning up and imposing their will and the Ravens offense choked away a pretty solid effort from their defense – as usual. At best the Ravens are one and done on the road in the playoffs.

  21. flacco – listen to the pencil pushing sports writing exspurts praise that absolute joke. why would cameron be soi stupid to risk the ball up into the air when all he had to do is run the clock down to near zero?

    how stupid are these jocks? absolutely unreal and collingshick also believes you must risk the ball to fumble or intercept or you be stupid not like the hick that he is of course!

  22. To all of the comments about Steelers fans being whiners:

    Chris Collinsworth and Trent Dilfer both pretty much completely validated what most Steelers fans have been saying for the past couple weeks.

    You can keep up with the taunts about “whiners” all you want. It will never shut me or anyone else up who is actually unbiased enough to admit that (at best) the NFL has been wildly inconsistent in the way these penalties have been called.

    I’ve watched pretty much every Steelers game since the 1977 season. Through the Mark Malone, Brister, Kordell Stewart era, there have been some frustrating moments there, for sure.

    But I have never seen a three game stretch that was this frustrating from an officiating point of view in my entire football viewing lifetime. Not even close. Add to it the fact that the Steelers are actually 3 and 0 in that stretch and it makes it even more of a head-scratcher.

    So berate me for whining all you want. Try to shut me up. I don’t care. I know better, and so do a lot of other people who are actually willing to put their team colors aside and be honest with themselves.

  23. This uberfairness is destroying whatever is left of the game.

    We have desk jockeys watching slo-mo replays over and over second guessing the zebras on the field, which has to be the most thankless job in the industry.

    At least it gives the yahoos and bubbas, experts all, something to run their mouths about.

    Question: If four receivers are running patterns, which officials are responsible for watching them? The umpire watches the line; the linesmen watch the line and ???; that leaves the field judge and back judge. Those two are supposed to watch four receivers? The referee is in the backfield, so his view downfield is impaired.

  24. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says:

    Stop crying Steeler fans. The Steelers taunted the Commish. Got what they asked for.

    ————————————————

    No taunts, just questions. If you watched the game tonight with an open mind you know why they need some answers.

  25. I would love to see explanation how those 4 calls got missed….Ben’s nose broken, Heath knocked out, horse caller tackle on Kemoatu, and Suggs grabing Ben’s helmet….Please, tonite Steelers beat RRR….. Refs, Ravens and Roger !!!

  26. omfg0092 says:
    Dec 5, 2010 11:26 PM
    If Harrison had made that same kind of hit, he would’ve been flagged, ejected, arrested on the way to the locker room, Baltimore’s version of Jack Ruby would’ve shown up and capped him, & THEN he would’ve been fined posthumously by the NFL.

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    Post of the night! LOL

  27. Ben gets a broken nose and an injured foot on illegal hits, Heath Miller gets knocked out by a flagrant helmet to helmet hit, and no flags – no, they’re not targeting the Steelers at all.

    Notice that Ben didn’t complain after any of the illegal hits – big contrast with Brady and Manning. Funny Florio doesn’t call out Brady as a drama queen when he cries to the refs after every play.

  28. McLain should absolutely be fined..it was a hit that was not necessary and against the rules. I hope Miller will be ok. But expect a fine for Ward too..launching helmet to helmet into the back of a defensive player is just as bad..lucky for the Ravens he didn’t get hurt.

  29. If Harrison had made that same kind of hit, he would’ve been flagged, ejected, arrested on the way to the locker room, Baltimore’s version of Jack Ruby would’ve shown up and capped him, & THEN he would’ve been fined posthumously by the NFL.

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    The above prose was written by a genius.

  30. How the officials did not see this hit is beyond me. The officials admit to a mistake, wow isn;t that nice of them. No wonder the Steelers feel the way they do after tonights game. The two hits to there QB;s helmet no call. No wonder even there owner had something to say this past week. Maybe the big time NFL office watched the game tonight. I bet the Detroit Lions wish they had the same officials this afternoon.

  31. Well Florio…..you look brilliant now…pontificating on your nbc pregame spot about your agenda to have the NFL fine the steelers because they are publically questioning the league…. Then the refs proved the case for the steelers and their fans on national tv with the 2 unbelievable non-calls….will you change your tune or will you continue to spout the NFL / NBC mandated garbage?? This site was soooo much better when you were just a fan…

  32. the league is not going to fine them because they know they are right (or at least with most of their comments). Why do you think Ray or Suggs weren’t fined after some of there comments after several of their games? they won’t verbally say it but by not fining them they are essentially agreeing with them!!

  33. This is AWESOME.

    First the Steelers win. THEN the whole country gets to see what a FAKE the NFL is, with the non-calls on the cheap head shots on Ben and Miller.

    Then all the whiners who claim the NFL is always on the Steelers’ side get to EAT it. Oh I love it!

  34. First, ppdoc = ppdouche.

    That said, how do you NOT call an illegal blow to the head when a NOSE is broken on the play. Goodell, you have some serious ‘splainin’ to do, bud.

    Second, ppdoc = ppdouche.

    Now, about Heath Miller. That just shows how deep the hypocrisy goes.

    Third, ppdoc = ppdouche.

  35. NO ONE can even attempt to argue after watching this game that the refs and Goodell are specifically and maliciously targeting the Steelers in calling blows to the head.

    So let’s see

    (1) Ben gets his nose broken by shot to the face. No flag

    (2) Miller gets knocked unconscious with text book forearm to head, in a defenseless position. No flag

    (3) Suggs yanks Ben by the helmet. No flag.

    Give me a fing break. This is ridiculous

    Couldnt have said it any better! Accept the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is the toughest player to ever play the game! There were guys that missed a game for a bad thumb or were sick, but a broken nose and a broken foot??????

  36. Where’s your article on the Steelers and illegal hits this morning Florio?

    Oh…that’s right…Goodell and NBC told you that you aren’t allowed to write anything because…once again…the illegal hits were against the Steelers.

    I guess the league spokesman…YOU…will have to wait another week to pick up your torch.

  37. #
    cometkazie says: Dec 6, 2010 12:19 AM

    Question: If four receivers are running patterns, which officials are responsible for watching them? The umpire watches the line; the linesmen watch the line and ???; that leaves the field judge and back judge. Those two are supposed to watch four receivers? The referee is in the backfield, so his view downfield is impaired.

    Answer:
    HOW ABOUT WATCHING THE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL, i repeat ALL of those plays involved the BALL.
    1. Ben was holding it when his nose was broken (setting aside the result of the play, i’m ok with a no call here, its not like it was a R. Seymour cheapshot and its not like it was intentional. but as many have said, rules are rules and you gotta call it)
    2. Chris K. had recovered a fumble when he was horsecollared
    3. Ben was holding it when Suggs tugged his helmet (not sure that’s even a flag, and if it is, i’m glad it wasnt called, its cheap)
    4. Miller was the intended receiver on the pass

    In general, i see where your statement is going, but not in any of the above instances. Yes, their job is thankless and they are far more likely to have their errors highlighted than their successes, but some things are just obvious. The hit on Miller was the most egregious thing ever. its the EXACT same hit that Harrison put on Massequoi (which also was not flagged). that being said, i’m more than certain that ALL OFFICIATING CREWS have been shown clips of that hit as something to watch for moving forward, so how it was not called last night is beyond me.

  38. Terrific Football Drama, and another epic Steelers vs Ravens game. BUT why did the Steelers again have to endure another game of uneven penalty calling?!? #1 Ben – a QB receiving a ‘blow to the head’ by Ngato, no flag. #2 H. Miller – getting clocked in a ‘defenseless position’ by LB of Ravens, no flag. #3 Keomatu getting tackled with ‘horse-collar’, NO FLAG. A moral victory for Steeler Nation with a national tv audience. Does anyone doubt for a moment that the refs are not BEING consistent!! in calls. #4 McFadden defensing a pass, BUT called for ‘pass interference’ huh?? while Ravens driving to tie or win. Three games in a row the Steelers are playing the opponent team & refs. It is incredulous to me that Steelers just don’t seem to rate the same fairness is calls ??!

    joe6606, wisteel, snarkygurl, & mborz = Bravo

  39. AND there is NO doubt had Harrison been involved in a blow to the helmet of Flacco or a helmet to the body of a WR or TE – instant personal foul call. We would have to see email after email, along with a few reporters calling for Harrison to be suspended for the next game during this week. Instead we get to see our players being subjected to illegal hits, that don’t merit a call from the refs. AND without a call no 15 + yards in field position along with a 1st down. Wow ….huh. Three games and counting for the refs NOT being consistent in their calls. This isn’t a conspiracy IT’s bad officiating and a strange coincidence that must be rectified.

  40. LOVE the Steelers/Ratbird series every year. Good Game Baltimore!

    I’m not surprised there were no flags, and I’m not hopeful for any fines either. To be fair, Harrison wasn’t flagged for his hits on the defensless receivers either (just on the QB hits), only fined later on.

  41. freedomispopular says: To me, it definitely looked McClain was trying to pull up but when you’re playing full speed you can’t just stop. It’s football…stuff like that is inevitably gonna happen.

    Really? That’s exactly what Harrison has been saying this entire year and all the Steelers-haters are saying too bad, he needs to stop, he has to change the way he plays.

    So it doesn’t matter if McClain was trying to pull up and running at full speed–ACCORDING TO THE COMMISSIONER, it’s illegal and should be flagged and fined.

    Even Harrison commented after the game that if he made the hit, he would have gotten a flag and there would be a fine.

  42. Awww Deb and masteel….thanks! But right is right and that game was so obviously biased against the Steelers I can’t keep quiet about it. I enjoyed watching the game once my blood pressure went down though! 🙂

    You know I bleed Orange & Blue and am used to garbage being thrown at me because we’re “lucky” this year. I’ll take garbage over blatant BS officiating any day! That just honks me off. At least both our teams keep winning, right? LOL

  43. freedom – this is about consistency. That is all. Yeh crap like those hits happen but you either call em all or none of them.

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