After booting a football in frustration, Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown was briefly kicked out of practice Saturday by coach John Harbaugh. The incident began when Brown let a potential interception slip through his hands. That’s what caused Brown to kick the football in anger. That display angered Harbaugh, because Brown’s boot would have cost the Ravens a 15-yard penalty during a game.
“Chykie was having a heck of a practice, and then he got riled up because he dropped the interception and kicked the football,” Harbaugh said. “I just talked about that last night and made a point about those kind of things, and took an opportunity to make a point."
Brown jogged to the sideline, but a few moments later, Harbaugh began admonishing the defensive players and coaches for lack of discipline.
“Are we going to be a disciplined football team?” Harbaugh yelled. “Or are we going to be a (expletive) outfit?”
Then Harbaugh turned his wrath toward Brown.
“Chykie, get off the field,” Harbaugh yelled loudly while pointing. “Get off the field.”
Brown immediately picked up his helmet and jogged inside the building. But a few minutes later, Brown returned, then met with Harbaugh in the middle of the field. After a brief conversation, Brown rejoined his teammates for practice.
“The coaches ran on the field ran on the field led by (linebackers coach) Wink Martindale the play before, and I think I penalized them for that, too. A little over exuberance. As the head coach, when you have the opportunity to make a point that they’ll remember, in situations like that at practice, that’s really important," Harbaugh said.
“I brought Chykie right back out. The thing I loved about it is he responded really well. That’s a sign that he’s going to be just fine.”
Harbaugh had sent a message. From now on, Brown will likely leave the kicking to placekicker Justin Tucker.