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Scott vs. Ward: knocking blocks off

The Baltimore Sun

Several Ravens players said yesterday that Monday night's 38-7 thumping by the Pittsburgh Steelers was a thing of the past, but the same cannot be said for the feud between Bart Scott and Hines Ward.

Scott confirmed Ward's claim that the Ravens linebacker threatened to "kill" the Steelers wide receiver after he leveled Scott with a block on Willie Parker's catch late in the second quarter.

"I threatened him," Scott said defiantly. "If I see him again, I'm going to threaten him again."

After Monday night's game, Ward was quoted as saying: "He tackled me and said he was going to kill me. But as long as you don't shoot me, I'll be fine. I don't think there's any place in the game for that type of stuff. I always thought he was a great player, but I guess he doesn't like me."

Later, Scott said he objected to Ward's block of free safety Ed Reed late in the second quarter, a hit that might have contributed to Reed's being limited in practice yesterday because of what coach Brian Billick called "a sensitivity to light."

Said Scott: "I have no beef with Hines off the field. But pretty much, I've got a beef with everybody on the field. I just think he took some shots that he didn't have to, and I'm not even talking about my shot. I'm talking about the Ed Reed stuff.

"With mine, I think I was pulling up. I was letting up because I thought he [Parker] was going to run out of bounds. I should've just went for the cheap shot and hit him out of bounds. Then I wouldn't have had to worry about getting blindsided. That's fine, though. He's out there in safe land as a receiver, but I'll get an opportunity one day."

Linebacker Terrell Suggs said Scott's dislike is not limited to Ward.

"Anybody that's not wearing purple and black, Bart's got a problem with him," Suggs said. "That's why I love Bart. I'm going to let Bart be 'The Mad Backer' and I'm going to be right behind him."

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