Marked man: More bounty talk could cost Suggs

'Disciplinary action' would be in order, NFL tells Raven

October 25, 2008|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

Terrell Suggs was told by the NFL that any further comments or on-field activity indicating his participation in bounty activity could result in "significant disciplinary action," a league spokesman said.

The Ravens' linebacker-defensive end was notified yesterday in a letter from Ray Anderson, the NFL executive vice president of football operations.

The trouble for Suggs started two weeks ago on an Atlanta sports radio talk show when he was asked whether there was a bounty on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against the Ravens).

Suggs replied, "The bounty was out on him and the bounty was out on [Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward] - we just didn't get him between the whistles."

Suggs ended the interview by saying, "We got something in store for [Ward]."

After addressing the issue Wednesday with local reporters, Suggs once again tried to clarify his remarks yesterday through a statement issued by the Ravens.

"I did repeat the word 'bounty' early in the interview after the guy asking me the question used the word. That was a mistake," Suggs said in a statement. "I misspoke, and I'm sorry for that. I hope that clears this up."

Suggs insisted there was never a bounty.

"We, the players, don't pay each other to take another player out of the game," Suggs said. "As I said before, we prepare to stop the other team's best players every week. Those are the players who can beat you with big plays. For example, we've focused all this week on stopping the Raiders' running backs. We've focused on them in practice and in meetings. They are marked men by our defense - we have to know where they are on every play, and we can't let them get rolling on Sunday."

In two radio interviews this week, former Ravens coach Brian Billick said bounties exist.

First-year Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there are "absolutely" no bounties on his team.

"It's not something I've ever seen in 10 years in the NFL," Harbaugh said.

Ward said he is not concerned about Suggs' comments.

"I'm sure that everybody in our division has a bounty on me," Ward said. "Everyone wants to knock this smile off my face."

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