OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It’s been this kind of season for the defending Super Bowl champs: A tough-to-take overtime loss in Chicago became even more painful for the Baltimore Ravens when general manager Ozzie Newsome became too ill to take the flight home.
Newsome returned to Baltimore on Monday and immediately slipped behind his desk following a night in Chicago in which the 57-year-old underwent a battery of tests, according to coach John Harbaugh.
“He’s been here all afternoon working, so he’s back and has a clean bill of health,” Harbaugh said. “We don’t know exactly what caused the situation (Sunday), but it wasn’t anything serious. So he seems to be doing fine.”
The Ravens lost 23-20 in a game delayed about two hours by bad weather. Harbaugh found out about Newsome’s illness early Sunday evening as the team prepared to head back to Baltimore.
“I went back and saw him. At that point in time, they said they thought he was OK,” Harbaugh said. “But they had to keep him overnight for observation just to make sure.”
Newsome has not displayed signs of ill health recently. He is often seen in workout clothes after a run on the treadmill or around the practice facility, and he enjoys other forms of cardio exercise.
Newsome’s apparent recovery was a welcome piece of good news in the wake of another agonizing defeat. With their fourth loss in five games, the Ravens (4-6) fell 2½ games behind the first-place Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.
Baltimore led 10-0 before a torrential downpour forced a two-hour stoppage.
“You come out and put 10 quick ones up and you feel like you’re going pretty good, you feel like you’re able to do what we wanted to do against them and you have the delay,” said quarterback Joe Flacco, who ended up 17 for 31 for 162 yards and two costly interceptions.