Nothing to talk about: Scott downplaying Ward drama

December 27, 2007|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun reporter

Feud? What feud?

Ravens linebacker Bart Scott muted any talk yesterday of a potential confrontation with Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward when the Steelers visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

"I anticipate playing the run very well," Scott said when asked what he expected from Ward. "He's a receiver. I don't see Hines that much - unless it's Groundhog Day."

When the two teams met Nov. 5, Ward delivered hard-hitting blocks on both Scott and free safety Ed Reed. Reed was left woozy by the hit, but Scott was incensed and threatened to "kill" Ward.

Two days later, Scott did not back down from his pledge. But yesterday, Scott refused to be baited into a war of words with Ward through the media.

Asked whether he was a "hitman" when it came to Ward, Scott replied, "No, I'm a Christian young man."

Asked a little later about what angered him about Ward's blocks, Scott said: "Have we gotten that low in the season that there's nothing to talk about but personal vendettas? There's nothing to talk about [in terms of] the game or the matchup? No, I don't have any hard feelings against Hines Ward."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he had no plans to talk to Ward about avoiding a fight with Scott.

"Hines is a professional," Tomlin said. "He plays the game hard, and when it's over, it's over for him. I think if it's an issue for anyone, it might be an issue for them. I trust that Hines is a professional and will keep it such."

Asked whether he intended to counsel Scott before Sunday's game, Ravens coach Brian Billick said, "Bart's been through enough things to know the way he has to conduct himself."

Injury update

Eight Ravens players - including linebacker Ray Lewis and quarterback Kyle Boller - did not practice yesterday.

Lewis (dislocated finger) and Boller (concussion) did not play in Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. If neither can play Sunday, linebacker Nick Greisen and quarterback Troy Smith would earn their second consecutive starts.

Tight ends Todd Heap (strained hamstring), Daniel Wilcox (thigh) and Quinn Sypniewski (concussion), running back Willis McGahee (cracked ribs), wide receiver Mark Clayton (back) and safety Gerome Sapp (hamstring) also did not practice.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (thigh), running back Mike Anderson (hamstring) and wide receiver Demetrius Williams (high ankle sprain) were limited.

Linebacker Edgar Jones practiced despite a foot injury.

For the Steelers, offensive tackle Marvel Smith (back) was the only starter who did not practice. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) was limited.

End zone

Scott was unaware that the Steelers had re-signed running back Verron Haynes after the team put Willie Parker on injured reserve. "Oh," Scott said. "Next thing you're going to tell me that they signed Amos Zereoue." ... The local media voted McGahee and wide receiver Derrick Mason as the team's Most Valuable Player and media Good Guy, respectively. ... Kicker Rhys Lloyd, who was waived by the Ravens on Saturday to make room for linebacker Robert McCune, was signed by the Carolina Panthers.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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