• Bernard Pollard shrugged off an enormous hit on Patriots RB Stevan Ridley.
  • Pollard has gained fame for a sequence of hits which have injured opponents.
  • Pollard mentioned he hoped that Ridley could be OK.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Within the locker room, gamers have been calling him the “Patriot Killer.”

He is additionally one of many greatest causes the Baltimore Ravens are going to the Tremendous Bowl. Defensive again Bernard Pollard’s helmet-to-helmet strike of Stevan Ridley made the New England Patriots operating again go limp as he coughed up a crucial fourth quarter fumble.

The hit was the fourth time since 2008 {that a} Pollard deal with injured a Patriots offensive participant.

It began with a success (whereas with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs) that injured Tom Brady’s knee and compelled him to overlook nearly a full season. Patriots receiver Wes Welker tore an anterior cruciate ligament on a Pollard deal with within the remaining sport of the 2009 season, and tight finish Rob Gronkowski sprained his ankle throughout a success by Pollard in final yr’s AFC Championship.

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