Did the Ravens have a bounty program?

With the New Orleans Saints in hot water over the bounty system in place there under Gregg Williams, nearly every NFL team is now under the microscope for examination as to whether a similar system might have been in place in their locker room.

ESPN.com's AFC North blogger trotted out an interview with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs from 2008 where he talked about hits on Pittsburgh's Hines Ward and Rashard Mendenhall, who suffered a shoulder injury in an '08 game against Baltimore on a hit from Ray Lewis.

Suggs used the word "bounty" on an Atlanta radio station at the time because he said the host used that word in asking the question.

"There wasn't any bounty," Suggs said in 2008. "He [the talk show host] asked me if there was a bounty and I just said I'm going to keep a watch on the guy. He [Ward] broke some guy's jaw last week, and he tried to cheap-shot JJ [Jarret Johnson]. He has also cheap-shotted Ed Reed. We're just going to be on alert the next time we play him."

Later that season in the NFL playoffs, the Tennessee Titans maintained that the Ravens intentionally tried to injure star running back Chris Johnson, whose ankle was allegedly twisted in a pile by Ravens safety Ed Reed, a claim Reed has long denied.

Johnson, who had 100 yards total offense in the game before being injured in the second quarter, did not return to action and Baltimore went on to knock Tennessee out of the playoffs with a road victory.

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