Sep 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The Baltimore Ravens offense lines up against the Buffalo Bills defense during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Ravens 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens Say Detroit Lions Play Hard, Not Dirty


When it comes to the Detroit Lions defensive line, the Baltimore Ravens are taking a decidedly different approach than Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton.

Sitton made headlines before the Thanksgiving Game by calling the Lions defensive line a bunch of scumbags and dirtbags, as well as a choice word for head coach Jim Schwartz. Sitton didn’t take back what he had to say after the Thanksgiving beat down but there wasn’t any room for talk after the Lions defensive line overwhelmed the Packers offense.

The Ravens have different feelings, or at least are doing a better job of keeping their words off the Lions’ bulletin board. For one, A.Q. Shipley says he loves the way Ndamukong Suh plays:

“I love the way he plays,” Shipley said. “He plays hard and he plays passionate. You can’t fault a guy for doing that. He goes hard every play, and if he gets called for a penalty, I don’t think he’s worried about it. You’ve got to respect that about him.”

Shipley’s offensive line teammate Gino Gradkowski echoed those thoughts:

“I think they just play hard. Sometimes it can be misconstrued as dirty. But it’s hard to say because I don’t know him personally and I haven’t faced him yet.”

Gradkowski thinks the Lions defensive front plays hard. In a matter of hours he’ll know just how hard they play.

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