When Derrick Mason faced his former Ravens teammates two weeks ago, things didn’t go so well for the veteran wide receiver.
Now, after being traded from the Jets to Houston two days ago, Mason will be back in Baltimore this Sunday as part of the Texans.
“I think Derrick Mason said, ‘Who do the Ravens play next? Trade me to that team,’ ” cornerback Chris Carr said with a smile. “He was pretty upset (during the Jets loss). He was fighting with Paul Kruger, fighting with Cary out there. So, I think he wants to get some payback. But I don’t think he’s going to get it against us.”
For the most part, the Ravens seemed unenthused when learning of Mason joining the Texans and returning to Charm City this weekend for a second matchup against his former team.
“We’ll be looking forward to it,” head coach John Harbaugh said simply.
“I don’t know what to think of it,” said linebacker Ray Lewis.
“He’s just another player to us, and we’re going to approach it that way,” added linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Even from Kruger’s perspective, facing Mason for a second time in three weeks means little. Things got a little heated between the linebacker and his former teammate two Sundays ago, but Kruger doesn’t seem to anticipate any carryover to this weekend.
“It was a football game, stuff just happens,” Kruger said. “We were teammates, we were friends. I don’t know. I yanked on him a little bit. I don’t think he liked it. He responded.”
At this point, the novelty of facing Mason is gone. Ask most of the guys in the Baltimore locker room about squaring off against the Ravens’ all-time leader in receiving yards, and they’ll mostly just shrug their shoulders.
Their interest level in Mason is limited to the film room and their preparation for the Texans.
“It’s not weird at all for us because it doesn’t matter,” Lewis said. “It doesn’t matter. All we can care about is who is in this building. Once you hear about it, it’s not like you say, ‘OK, now we have to game-plan on him so much.’ We’re not doing any of that. We are just coming out here to work on what we have to get better on to get ready for the Texans.”