Vonta Leach calls Eagles 'dirty'

The Baltimore Sun

It was a chippy game Sunday with Ravens cornerback Cary Williams and Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson exchanging punches during a brief scuffle.

Offensive guard Marshal Yanda and Eagles defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins were both called for offsetting personal fouls in the first quarter after All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach's 5-yard touchdown run, his first as a Raven.

Then Leach got into a confrontation with Eagles safety Kurt Coleman.

"They take a couple of shots, that's just how they're coached," said Leach, who scored his first touchdown as a Raven on  a 5-yard run. "They play dirty. They take shots after the play, a lot of dirty stuff after plays. We weren't going to back down. We weren't going to take that. Anytime someone thinks they're a bully, you got to step up or they'll keep doing it."

Williams and Jackson were penalized for offsetting personal fouls in the first half.

"He threw the first punch," Williams said. "I got to learn to keep my head. I can't let my emotions get the best of me. I think we both needed to do that. We knew it was a big game, it was a lot at stake. I can't allow my emotions to control me and allow me to make irrational decisions."

In the third quarter, running back Ray Rice was assessed a personal foul for unnecessary roughness.

No players were ejected from the game.

"If you challenge us, we're going to challenge you back, we're going to try to take it out on your quarterback," Jenkins said. "We like people coming at us and giving us their best shot because we're not backing down on anybody."



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