“[Rice] chopped me,” he said. “I don't know what he tried to do, but he tried to take a cheap shot. That's football. At the end of the day, he got a personal foul and I didn't. Big man wins. The old Vontaze would have did exactly what he did, talked a little [stuff] and then walked off.”
Williams said Burfict kicked him, leading him to retaliate in the second quarter to draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
“He's just a young pup out there,” Williams said. “Hey, it's football. He gave me a kick, it is what it is.”
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Another sack for Kruger
Outside linebacker Paul Kruger continues to thrive in a situational pass rushing role.
Kruger recorded his team-high and career-high ninth sack Sunday.
The pending unrestricted free agent has boosted his stock.
Kruger has said he prefers to remain in Baltimore, but he'll also have other options in March when the free agency signing period begins.
"Yes, I'm excited for the future," said Kruger, a former second-round draft pick from Utah. "I've really developed here a lot. I really appreciate the teammates and coaches that have pushed me to get better. So, I'm really excited."
J. Smith's step forward
The Ravens were encouraged by how cornerback Jimmy Smith performed against the Bengals.
Although he was flagged for a 21-yard pass interference penalty, Smith looked more comfortable and covered more closely since returning from sports hernia surgery.
“Jimmy looked like he's getting better,” Harbaugh said. “He's played his best game obviously since he's been hurt. That will be a big bonus for us if he can be 100 percent.”
Beaten for a completion that set up a touchdown in his first game back against the Denver Broncos, Smith had two tackles Sunday. His pass deflection on a deep pass was taken away by a Baltimore penalty.
“It feels real good to get back on the field, especially having that adversity I faced this year,” Smith said. “I'm still getting there. No setbacks, I felt good. I broke up some scar tissue. It was a step in the right direction.”
It was a proud day for the Gradkowski clan Sunday with several family members on hand to watch a pair of brothers square off.
Bengals veteran backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and Ravens rookie center Gino Gradkowski both got extensive playing time.
“Yeah, it was cool,” Gino Gradkowski said. “It's cool because we shared the dream together and have been a part of each others' lives the whole way and been each others' biggest fans. It was weird because now we can't root for each other. It was fun to be out there with him.”
Bruce Gradkowski completed 5 of 11 passes for 65 yards in relief of starter Andy Dalton, and Gino Gradkowski had a solid game.