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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Phil Taylor insinuates Ray Rice spit on him

By Jamison Hensley

BALTIMORE -- In a game that featured a handful of skirmishes Sunday, the first one involved Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor slapping the side of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's helmet.

It happened on the second play of the game, and the 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty turned a potential third-and-long into a first down for the Ravens.

"I usually don't do things like that," Taylor said, "but something happened and I still have to keep my composure."

Did Rice spit on him?

"Look at the film," Taylor said. "You'll see."

Rice wasn't in the Ravens locker room after the game and didn't speak to reporters.

Asked if he had any past problems with Rice, Taylor said, "I don't like any running back that I play against."