Johnson Says Ravens Tried to Hurt Him in 08 Playoff Game

In a playoff game against the Ravens at the end of the 2008 season Titans running back claims they tried to knock him out of the game according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

“I wouldn’t say they are a dirty team,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I guess it was a playoff game, and when the playoffs get here teams do what it takes to win.”

Johnson suffered a sprained ankle in the 13-10 playoff loss to the Ravens. He had 72 yards and a touchdown late in the first half, but didn’t play in the second half. Some Titans, and some Titans’ fans, wondered if the Ravens intentionally tried to take Johnson out of the game by twisting and turning him on a play involving safety Ed Reed and linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs well after the whistle.

Johnson confirmed what Reed told Nashville reporters earlier Wednesday, that he was hurt when he was tackled along the sideline a few plays later.

“They were trying to hurt me a little bit,” Johnson said. “But the play I actually got hurt on, it was a fair play, somebody landed on my ankle the wrong way and I fell back the wrong way. It was a fair play when I got hurt.”


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