It was hard to tell in Week 1 when the Titans faced the Jaguars, but running back Chris Johnson is back with the team after holding out for a new deal during training camp and the preseason. He rushed for just 24 yards on nine carries in the loss, and things don't get any easier this week when the Ravens come to town.
Baltimore is fresh off whipping division rival Pittsburgh, 35-7, and after the game some Steelers players accused the Ravens of playing dirty. Not wanting to be left out, Johnson added his two cents, pointing out that the Ravens tried to hurt him, too, back during a January 2009 playoff game.
“I wouldn’t say they are a dirty team,” Johnson said Wednesday, according to the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. “I guess it was a playoff game, and when the playoffs get here teams do what it takes to win. …
“They were trying to hurt me a little bit,” Johnson continued. “But the play I actually got hurt on, it was a fair play, somebody landed on my ankle the wrong way and I fell back the wrong way. It was a fair play when I got hurt.”
To recap: the Ravens were trying to hurt Johnson, but as it happened, he ended up tweaking his ankle on a perfectly legal play.
While Johnson doesn't consider Sunday's meeting a chance for payback, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray spoke frankly on the matchup.
“They’re trying to cut you and do those things,” Gray said earlier this week, via the Tennessean. “You’ve got to make sure you’re doing something that’s hopefully going to hurt them, too. You can’t just be the recipient of everything. You’ve got to start doing something that’s going to get you back on track and hopefully they’ll tone that stuff down when you do something else.”
Meanwhile, Baltimore head coach Jim Harbaugh has no issue with the way his offensive line blocks.
"The blocking scheme we're talking about is one that almost every team in the National Football League runs," Harbaugh said. "We've been running it for years. Some teams do it better than others. The block is absolutely legal. It's 100 percent ethical and there is no danger whatsoever with the way the block is being executed.”
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a dominate home victory against the Steelers, they will look to do the same on the road when they visit the Tennessee Titans this Sunday at 1 PM ET only on CBS.
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