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Derrick Mason spoke out after ESPN analysts Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter criticized the Ravens’ entire receiving corps. Johnson was quoted as saying, “You want a bum, you pay a bum.” Reporters asked head coach John Harbaugh how he felt about the comments made by Johnson. Harbaugh’s response from his Monday press conference:
“We like to play with a certain edge. We talk about ‘Playing Like a Raven,’ and everybody wants to know what that means. We’re not talking about the birds. We’re talking about the team. That’s how our guys play, so it doesn’t have anything to do with what some guy in front of a camera says. You start calling our guys names? We’re not too impressed by that.
“But, our guys are going to go play the way they play no matter what. We’re not looking for someone else’s respect. We don’t need someone else to say good things about us. Matter of fact, we kind of like it when it goes the other way. They can keep saying those things all they want. We’ll just keep showing up on Sunday.”
Steelers S Troy Polamalu doesn’t need surgery to repair the tear in his MCL that occurred Thursday when playing against Tennessee. It sounds like Polamalu will return to the field in three to six weeks, which means he should be healthy when the Steelers visit Baltimore in late November. The debate of whether the two-time All-Pro safety’s absence will be a setback for the defending world champion’s has dominated message boards around the web. I remember in the Ravens-Steelers AFC Championship game, Polamalu intercepted a Joe Flacco pass with four minutes left in the game and returned it for a touchdown. I’d say he had a major impact that day.
Darren Sproles took a handoff five yards up the middle for a game-winning touchdown, completing an 89-yard drive that gave the Chargers a 24-20 lead over the Raiders with 18 seconds remaining. Last night’s game gave the Ravens a preview of the team they will be competing against next week. And while the contest was closer than it was “supposed” to be, QB Phillip Rivers took the game over when it counted, completing 6 of 7 passes on the deciding drive. This should be an exciting and physical fight next Sunday.