The Pittsburgh Steelers had a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter and were pinned in their own territory on a fourth down. There was zero reason to expect the team to go for it, and that’s probably why a fake punt worked so well.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said last week that the team was shutting Luck down for the time being after he received a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right shoulder to help with the soreness. Luck, who had shoulder surgery in January, practiced for two days three weeks ago and then amped up his workload during his two days of practice two weeks ago. The Colts have already said Luck won’t practice this week.
Indianapolis (2-5) is off to its worst start since 2011. Its next two games are on the road at Cincinnati and Houston before the Colts host Pittsburgh before their Week 11 bye.
“No. No way,” Alonso said when asked if he could have avoided contact or not put a shoulder on Flacco. “That’s the target, you know, when a guy slides, his target is very small. I just Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys think it was a second late, which is why I hit him, to be honest with Cheap Jerseys you.”
Harbaugh wouldn’t discuss whether he believed Alonso should have been ejected.
“I’m not commenting on that,” Harbaugh said. “It was penalized correctly, I would say.”
Coming on in relief of Flacco, backup quarterback Ryan Mallett found tight end Ben Watson for a 2-yard touchdown, giving Baltimore a 20-0 lead at halftime.
Although Alonso was penalized 15 yards, he was not ejected for the infraction. After having his own helmet knocked off by Ravens center Ryan Jensen in retaliation, Alonso found himself face-to-face in a verbal confrontation with an irate Harbaugh.