<
>

Wells report: Ravens had issues with kicking balls in New England

There is nothing in the 243-page Ted Wells report that suggests the Baltimore Ravens had any concerns with the New England Patriots using under-inflated balls or that they tipped off the Indianapolis Colts about the Patriots using them.

The Wells report did indicate that the Ravens had an issue with the kicking balls used in their 35-31 AFC divisional playoff loss at New England, which occurred a week before the Patriots-Colts game. On page 45 of the report, the Colts specifically requested that their equipment manager break in the kicking balls after learning that Baltimore players said they had not been provided with Ravens-prepared kicking balls during the playoff game.

According to a CBS Sports report in January, the Ravens’ kickers and punters believed they weren’t getting their usual depth and distance on kicks because of slightly under-inflated balls. The kicking game didn't appear to have any effect on the Ravens' loss in New England. Sam Koch averaged 50.3 yards on four punts, and Justin Tucker made his only field goal attempt.

In February, coach John Harbaugh said the condition of the football had no effect on the Ravens' playoff loss to the Patriots and refuted a report that Baltimore gave Indianapolis a heads-up on the under-inflated balls.

According to the Wells report, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and special teams coach Jerry Rosburg were the only people interviewed from the Ravens organization.

Ravens pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil texted ESPN's Josina Anderson about the Wells Report:

Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith's immediate response on Twitter to the report:

Smith later added: