Tackle Jason Peters was not happy with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs following the Eagles' 40-17 win on Saturday night.
Suggs made the 69,596 fans in attendance and thousands more watching on television cringe when he took a low shot on quarterback Sam Bradford during the Eagles' first offensive drive. Bradford handed the ball off to running back Darren Sproles on a read-option. That didn't stop Suggs from what appeared to be a direct hit on Bradford's twice-repaired left knee. It was egregious enough to result in a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Bradford allowed Eagles fans to let out a sigh of relief when he got up with no problem. He let Suggs know what he thought of the shot, saying after the game that the words couldn't be repeated.
"Yeah, I was a little upset," Bradford said. "I'm not sure I can repeat what I said to him, but it's part of the game. I'm sure that's not the last time something like that is going to happen this year. Hopefully, it doesn't."
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Suggs, meanwhile, claimed that he eased up on Bradford.
"When you run the read-option you have to know the rules. If you want to run the read-option with your starting quarterback that has had two knee surgeries, that's on you," Suggs told reporters after the game. "That's not my responsibility to update you on the rules. I could have hit him harder than that. I eased up. I asked (referee) Jerome (Boger) if he knew the rules in preseason. He said he was going to look at it. On the read-option there I got the quarterback. It's not my job to be reading. It's his job to read me."
At least one Eagles player didn't buy the excuse.
"We practiced against them all week, so I'm pretty sure he was thinking about it," said tackle Jason Peters referring to the joint practices. "I really don't know (Suggs) personally. He talks a lot, and I think he's that type of player — dirty and he takes shots at quarterbacks. I really don't know him personally, so I don't know."
Peters said that Suggs took off after the game so he couldn't question him about the hit. Fortunately, Bradford was no worse for wear after the play and led the Eagles on a touchdown drive.
"He's a tough guy. He stood right back up in there and took the (hit) and he lead us all the way down the field and we scored, so that says a lot about Sam," Peters said.