Ray Rice wishes Torrey Smith would stop playing 'Call of Duty' and call him

November 10, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Torrey Smith is having a busy week. He stepped up in the spotlight on Sunday night with the game-winning touchdown against the Steelers and he bought the new "Call of Duty" video game, which hit stores Tuesday.

But Smith forgot to call Ray Rice and check on him after his holding penalty early in the game negated a 76-yard touchdown run by Rice. Rice sarcastically expressed disappointment in the rookie for not giving him a call.

“I am still depressed in Torrey Smith right now,” the fourth-year running back told reporters Wednesday. “I just told [senior vice president of public and community relations] Kevin Byrne that he didn't call me. I still could be in a state of depression. I understand that ‘Call of Duty’ just came out. But, I could have been home… That was probably the longest run in Pittsburgh Steelers history at Heinz Field. There is a lot at stake, Torrey.

“You didn't even call to check on your boy. I still love you, Torrey. I am going to get you back one day."

On the first play from scrimmage in Sunday’s 23-20 win, Rice broke free from the Steelers and sprinted down the left sideline for a touchdown run that would have been his longest of 2011. But Smith, who was engaged with Steelers cornerback William Gay, was flagged for holding, a controversial penalty Rice didn’t agree with.

“I thought it was a questionable call. I think the guy did a great job [selling the penalty],” the running back said. “Basketball guys flop, do a lot of different things, so I am not going to take that away from them. It happened.”

Anyway, if Rice wants to chat with Smith, he should get “Call of Duty” and a headset. Smith has been playing the game with his Twitter followers when he gets home from the office, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

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