Back in the Ravens' 2008 Divisional Round game against the Titans, running back Chris Johnson racked up 100 yards from scrimmage (72 yards rushing and 28 yards receiving) before leaving the game with an ankle injury.
Yesterday, Johnson claimed that the Ravens intended to injury him, while also making sure to point out his ankle injury came on a clean play.
"They were trying to hurt me a little bit," Johnson said, according to The Tennesseean. "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."
"I really don't have any carry-over from then, that was two years ago," Johnson added. "I'm just trying to win the game."
Today, a few Ravens players were asked their thoughts on Johnson's comments.
"I'm happy he left the game, because he was on the verge of breaking off 200 yards against us," defensive tackle 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.
"I don't even think we were playing dirty, I just think we were playing the way we usually do. ... I had no idea what happened, I had no idea why he went out during that game. But hopefully, we can contain him better this time."
"I wasn't even aware he was hurt until he was out of the game for a while," linebacker Terrell Suggs said of Johnson. "Ain't nobody trying to deliberately hurt nobody out here. We're all athletes. We're all in the same league. Nobody tried to hurt him. He can get that out of his head."
Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said that any injuries that happen to opposing offenses are merely a result of the Ravens' physical style of play, and have nothing to do with intent.
"They've been playing a certain brand of football and defense here for a long, long time, so I don't take offense to it," Pagano said. "It's just how we roll. It's our brand of football. It's straight up, it's clean, it's physical. We try to (impose) our physical and mental will on people. There's going to be some casualties. That's just the way we play."
There have been times in the past where the Ravens have been accused of playing dirty. Ngata said those claims usually come following games where the Ravens have come out victorious.
"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."