Ray Rice said Wednesday that he did not intentionally spit on Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor in Week 2.
Taylor insinuated that Rice had spit on him, which led to a heated exchange, with Taylor slapping Rice on the side of the helmet. The two teams meet again Sunday, and Rice wants to leave the incident in the past.
“It’s old,” Rice said. “There’s nothing that came out of it. We were two guys jawing at each other, and I had my mouthpiece in, so when I went to say something back to him, it looked as if I projected towards him. But I had my mouthpiece in.
“We’ll leave that at that. Phil Taylor is a great, young player. I’ve got tremendous respect for him. As long as I’m in the AFC North, it looks like we’ll be going at each other two times a year.”
Trash-talk has become more a part of today’s game than ever, but Rice said he would try hard not to get involved.
“I’ve got to keep my head level in those situations,” Rice said. “Guys talk, that’s part of their game. And I really don’t want it to be part of mine. I’ll do my best to channel my emotions.”