Ravens call ‘sour grapes’ on CJ2K’s dirty-play claim

Sunday’s Ravens-Titans matchup received a shot of adrenaline Wednesday when star RB Chris Johnson said Baltimore defenders tried to hurt him during a 2008 playoff meeting.

Not so, according to the Ravens, who pleaded innocent on all counts.

“Ain’t nobody trying to deliberately hurt nobody out here,” LB Terrell Suggs told the Ravens’ official website Thursday. “We’re all athletes. We’re all in the same league. Nobody tried to hurt him. He can get that out of his head.”

Johnson was enjoying a big day in the divisional playoffs when he was forced to the sideline after suffering an ankle injury late in the first half.

Johnson said the injury didn’t come on a dirty play, but he claimed he dealt with other unsportsmanlike conduct earlier in the game, which Baltimore won, 13-10.

“I’m happy he left the game, because he was on the verge of breaking off 200 yards against us,” Ravens DT Haloti Ngata said. “He did really well in that first half, and I think it’s a good thing he went down, because he probably would have had more yards.”

Ngata is pulling the “sour grapes” card on the Titans, which will only stir the pot more ahead of Sunday’s meeting.

“I think they’re just upset they lost, really,” Ngata said. “I have no idea. I have no reaction to it, I just think we’re going to go out and play Raven defense, and if somebody’s complaining about it, we’re going to get fined or it’s just nothing to complain about. They’re just trying to make excuses, really.”

– Dan Hanzus

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