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Ravens’ Matthew Judon reacts to ejection for making contact with official

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The Baltimore Ravens were handed their second loss of the season in Week 8 against the still-unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens’ outside linebacker, Matthew Judon, was ejected from the game in the second quarter after he “inadvertently” made contact with an official.

Judon spoke on what transpired after the loss, which dropped the Ravens to 5-2 on the season—two games behind the Steelers.

“I would never intentionally make contact with an official,” Judon said, via Pro Football Talk. “I was attempting to free my arm as I was being held back, and I inadvertently contacted the official’s arm. My emotions were running high in the moment, and I take full responsibility for what happened. I need to do a better job of keeping my cool and not doing anything that negatively affects my team.”

Before Judon was ejected he did not register any stats, so his impact wasn’t very noticeable anyway.

Losing a starter, regardless of impact, still hurts. Especially when you are matched up against an unbeaten division rival. The Ravens’ defense only recorded two sacks in the Steelers game, which is probably a big reason why they fell short, losing 28-24 at home.

Judon, one of the team’s best pass rushers, had only two sacks this season from the outside linebacker position, however, his consistency has really propelled the Ravens defense to become elite.

Judon signed a one-year, $16.8 million contract with the Ravens, so expectations are high for the linebacker. Although tensions may be high during a divisional game against the Steelers, the expectation is that players stay composed and focused.