Chris Johnson: Ravens tried to hurt me in the playoffs

AP

As Titans running back Chris Johnson prepares to play the Ravens on Sunday, he’s thinking back to a playoff meeting between the Titans and Ravens after the 2008 season — when Johnson says the Ravens tried to hurt him.

They were trying to hurt me a little bit,” Johnson said today. “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.”

That ankle injury forced Johnson out of that playoff game against the Ravens before halftime. He had 100 yards from scrimmage before he got hurt (72 yards rushing and 28 yards receiving), but the Titans’ offense was ineffective without him, and the Ravens won 13-10.

Despite the injury, Johnson said he doesn’t view the Ravens as a dirty team and he’s not out for revenge.

“I really don’t have any carry-over from then, that was two years ago,” he said. “I’m just trying to win the game.”

If the Titans are going to win on Sunday, they’re going to need a better game than Johnson gave them in Week One, when he carried nine times for 24 yards.

65 responses to “Chris Johnson: Ravens tried to hurt me in the playoffs

  1. “I really don’t have any carry-over from then, that was 2 years ago,” he said. “I’m just trying to win the game.”

    Then why in the hell did you bring it up?

  2. I’m sure they’ll try to hurt you sunday as well. If your not whining about your contract your whining about other teams hitting too hard in the PLAYOFFS!

  3. Thats the only way they can win! I still think Ray stabbed some of our players before the game (his pregame ritual). It won’t matter though. We’ll come out that tunnel with wounds and still dominate this league.

    Be afraid of the pending Steel hammer thats coming down on everyone. SFL here we come.

    7

  4. How can the Ravens be playing another game?
    Didn’t they just win the week one home game Super Bowl? This will interfere with their parade.

  5. I’m sorry but it’s plainly obvious that any Steeler’s fans talking smack after last Sunday are CLEARLY insane.

    Until your team earns back the respect that was kicked out of them last game, you got nothing to talk about.

    Those 6 winning teams were other teams. We’re here in the now. And right now you got a team that got crapped on in front of the entire country.

  6. Then why in the hell did you bring it up?

    Because the press asked Johnson a direct question about it. They asked Ed Reed about the same thing in the conference call today.

    Sheesh.

  7. *somewhere in baltimore…

    Ray Lewis Suggs and Ngata are practising their new celebration dance for when they collectively give this guy a reason to whine.

    You are an nfl running back making more money than you know what to do with to run hard and take these guys on, C’MON MAN!!

  8. Why do people hate Chris Johnson so much? Is it because of the hold out thing? Get over yourselves and your little old lives. CJ has always been humble outside of that.

  9. Steelers fans never miss a Raven’s related post and the opportunity to sound stupid. The Ravens beat you badly and it happens. Get over it.

    We have heard from everyone else, when will 6RingsofKoreanSteelLaughingThatMyQBRapedYou chime in?

  10. If Chris Johnson gets hurt from violent hit by Ray Lewis or somebody….I can see now.

    ****2012 Rule Change****

    Collisions are banned. If a player does not make a form tackle on a ball carrier…15 yard penalty. err on the side or caution. because this is what the fans want.

    -Roger Goodell.

  11. What…the Ravens D tried to hurt you Chris ?

    Its the NFL idiot, the Ravens try to hurt everybody; its what great defences do, try to intimidate the opposition.

    Of course, if you don’t like it, you can always do a ‘Carson’ and retire, and refund the Titans all those millions of $$$$$$$

    Einstein………

  12. August1969 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 7:01 PM
    first he wants money…then he wants injury protection…someone tell this guy he’s never getting Brady status

    ******************************************

    hmmm…
    wasn’t it Brady who missed an entire year due to a hit? But your post makes sense, really it does

  13. numberonesteelersfan says: Sep 14, 2011 6:57 PM

    the ravens are a dirty team….they hurt willie colon this week!

    ___________________________________

    Willie’s colon got hurt this week because the Ravens pounded them from the front, back, and every which way.

  14. Its the NFL idiot, the Ravens try to hurt everybody; its what great defences do, try to intimidate the opposition.

    ….which is what Johnson also said in the complete quote, that he had no hard feelings and it’s football.

    He didn’t complain back when it happened (although there was a lot of media discussion about it at the time, fueled in part by a Rex Ryan quote after the game), and Johnson’s not complaining now. It’s just something the local media is dredging up now because these teams are facing each other again.

  15. All a preemptive excuse for his lack of production/injury in this game. Chris Johnson is done for this season. He already got paid exactly what he wanted and now he can peacefully decline into a third string running back.

    Faster than Usain Bolt my ass. Johnson will go down in history as a two year production bust.

  16. why cry, call them dirty and then say you got hurt on a legit play? he’s poking a bear like calling Polamalu a girly man because of his hair or telling Brady he’s not as good as PAYton.

    lol @ numberonesteelersfan

    he tore his triceps.

    i guess Suggs & Ngata they were playing tug of war with his arms…wait, they probably were.

  17. Let’s put this all in a nutshell:

    “I had a horrible game after being a crybaby and holding out, so I’ll cry about something else to distract people from my crappy performance.”

  18. mustbejealousof6 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 7:06 PM
    Thats the only way they can win! I still think Ray stabbed some of our players before the game (his pregame ritual). It won’t matter though. We’ll come out that tunnel with wounds and still dominate this league.

    Be afraid of the pending Steel hammer thats coming down on everyone. SFL here we come.

    7

    ————————-
    I see “6 Rings” decided to create another multiple account. What happened? Did your old account(s) get banned? PFT should ban IP addresses so some of the trolling around here can end.

    Chris, if you’re afraid of getting injured and pointing fingers at guys who are paid millions to stop you at all costs, then you’re in the wrong sport.

  19. Just because the Ravens are a good football team and likely will win, does not mean that they are not the dirtiest team in any sport. Just look at their OL and DL play. If you watc game film there is no doubt who the most dirty team is.

  20. I’d be willing to bet that all of you tough guys mocking Johnson and calling him a crybaby never had the balls to suit up for a game in your pathetic lives.

  21. Johnson’s not whining — get yourself a game tape and you’ll see what he means. The Ravens were shooting for his knees, looking to twist his leg, not simply going for the tackle. They were out to hurt him. Why can’t we face the fact that sometimes a player is simply telling the truth?

  22. tubs4560 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 6:54 PM
    I believe it. Watch the Steeler game and you’ll see the O-line consistently chop-block Casey Hampton.
    —————————————————-

    I’ll do you one better (and dedicate this to the 119 clowns who gave you the thumbs down on this). Get your Ravens-Steelers game tape and run it to exactly 14:54 of the 1st period. You’ll see Hampton getting hit high by one Raven OL and chopped low by a second Raven OL.

    Yeah, the Ravens pounded the Steelers. They also chop blocked the living bejeesus out of them. It won’t be forgotten — Ngata might want to watch his knees next game.

  23. “Why can’t we face the fact that sometimes a player is simply telling the truth?”
    Because only a MORON says anything that can be used as bulletin board material when you are about to face a defense like Baltimore’s…and you’ve got an offense that sucks as much as the Titan’s.

  24. Stillers fan here,

    Come on people, it seems nowadays any dominating defense is tagged with the “dirty” label. It’s just how defenses are suppose to be. Prime example: Suh. If you dont like it, dont dress on Sundays. Suh isnt dirty, Ravens arent dirty. Physical? Hell yeah. Not to say there arent dirty players out there but for the most part I’d say physical.

  25. CJ is not at all whining. The reporter said that many people believed the Ravens D were intent on taking him out of the game and asked him for his thoughts. CJ responds the play I got hurt was CLEAN. This is classic PFT taking player quotes out of context. Also during that game it was obvious to everyone watching they had no answer for CJ and were taking cheap shots. I even remember a pile up when Ed Reed takes CJ and tries to pretzel his back AFTER the whistle. Everyone on here needs to smarten up and realize this story is completely insignificant and is not CJ calling out a dirty ravens D.

  26. Uh oh. Johnson can’t throw a big accusation like that without specifics and then try to “let it go”. That’s weak sauce and cowardly. He just created some huge bulletin board material with the Ravens. Ray Lewis is so mad he’s getting his posse ready to shank someone.

  27. This is news?

    The Ravens play to the edge of the rules and try to hurt every opposing player that they can…

    I wouldn’t have it any other way and I wish my Cowgirls had some of that attitude!

  28. Deebo92 hit the nail on the head. Are you more physical? If not, go play soccer (Futbol)! Stop crying! I thought fans wanted this game to be smash-mouth. Now you have a commissioner who wants to take that away yet everyone complains about the kickoffs because they want to see more action. I’m confused. Want cake and eat it too? The Ravens and Steelers play real football!!! Every other team just try’s to finesse their game! That’s lame. AFC NORTH runs this league the way Lombardi would still want it to be played. CJ should get a restraining order on the Ravens Because they’re coming after him again. You stop prime players to win games and that’s what it’s about. Wining games! Period!

  29. Troy Polamalu is by far one of the best players in the game as well as one of the dirtiest.

    That being said; Steelers suck.

  30. apparently “dirty” means “hard-hitting”

    also, any steelers fan calling the Ravens dirty is just ridiculous. It was the Steelers who couldn’t get anything done during gameplay and had to start fighting after the whistle in an attempt to do some damage lol FOOLS

  31. tubs4560 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 6:54 PM
    I believe it. Watch the Steeler game and you’ll see the O-line consistently chop-block Casey Hampton.

    ———-

    Did you not see Troy try to tear Rice’s leg off? Yeah I guess that wasn’t dirty.

  32. Did anyone actually watch the game that this happened in?

    Chris Johnson was trying to stay up, fighting for yards… so Ed Reed kept trying to bring him down. If you don’t want to get bent backwards awkwardly then if you might want to go down if a guy has you wrapped up. Otherwise… the guy is going to twist and turn you to bring you all the way down… OR one of his teammates is going to run in and finish off the play.

    Of course, since Johnson wasn’t down by contact, but was clearly wrapped up and not really making any forward progress… the officials could have EASILY stopped the play.

    Oh, and this is the same game where Cortland Finnegan was taking cheap shots at Derrick Mason AFTER the whistle on every single play(because Derrick Mason had a known shoulder injury from previous week).

  33. Sounds like someone is riding on the WAAAMBULANCE! If Brain dead CJ didnt have any carry over from that game he wouldnt be talking about ut years later. DONT BE SCUURED!!

  34. Ravens do play lights out football and players do get injured. This is guy is whining sure. But, in all fairness, when a Raven gets injured, or the coach feels slighted, they are the biggest crybabies in the AFC. Its all you hear about for weeks, blah blah blah blah, Hines Ward tried to hurt me, Hines Ward is a dirty palyer….The door swings both ways.

  35. Ravens are super cheapshot artists. They kept chopblocking all the O and D-line players during the Steelers game, and Ray Lewis likes to stab people in crowded areas when nobody’s looking. Dirty players.

    When the Steelers win the AFC North division this year I want to see what the haters say then.

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