Scott: no attempt to injure Bush

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens outside linebacker Bart Scott insisted last night that he did not try to hurt New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at the Superdome.

Bush left the game after Scott tackled him around the ankles. While rising after the tackle, Scott slung Bush's ankles. Scott said he was not aware that Bush was in any pain.

Bush did not return after being attended to by Saints trainers. He is expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After the game, Scott said that Bush had tried to take a "cheap shot" at him during an interception return earlier, and that their encounters became personal.

"The media darling, aka the golden boy of the NFL, tried to take a cheap shot at me, so I told him I was going to put some extra on it," Scott said after the game. "He must be used to playing against these guys in practice. He can do all those shakes he wants, but I wasn't going anywhere. I put a little hot sauce on the ankle."

Scott added to his statements last night. He said he threw Bush's ankles to the side to let him know who was making the tackle, and he gave an extra effort because Bush had tried to hit him in the back of his head.

He said he did not attempt to twist Bush's ankles to cause injury. He also pointed out that he had tackled Bush several other times in the game, and one other time pushed him away.

"I was just letting him know he wasn't going to get away with that shot, and that I was there making the tackle," Scott said. "If I wanted to cheap-shot him or hurt him, it would have been a lot different. I was just letting Reggie know this was the NFL, and he was playing against the Ravens' defense."

Scott received several calls from reporters yesterday asking about the tackle. He said he was surprised by the attention. "The hot sauce comment, that was in reference to being in New Orleans," Scott said. "It was no big deal, just another football game."

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