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Harbaugh is looking forward to seeing Ward before game

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he will try to improve his pre-game handshake when he sees Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward on Sunday night.

Ward told Pittsburgh reporters that Harbaugh didn't like him because the Ravens coach gave him a "fake handshake" before the last meeting two months ago.

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Harbaugh reacted in disbelief when a reporter asked whether he liked Ward.

"I didn't know there was a barometer with pre-game handshakes," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "That's good to know. I need to work on that. I'll take it as constructive criticism. It'll be an opportunity to improve my pre-game decorum and courteousness with players. I have a lot of respect for Hines Ward, obviously. I'll be looking forward to seeing him before the game now. I'll try to do better."

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Ward has had a series of run-ins with Ravens players over the years from Rod Woodson to Chris McAlister to Bart Scott. This is the first time that it crossed into the coaching ranks.

"I don't think their head coach likes me," Ward said. "I tried to shake his hand before we played them the last time. He gave me a fake handshake. He didn't even look at me. That's fine. Whatever."

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