A bounty-ful day

The NFL is investigating the comments Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs made on a radio show this week about the bounty the Ravens had on Hines Ward and Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers when the two teams played Sept. 29.

"We certainly are looking into it," Ray Anderson, the NFL's Executive Vice President of Football Operations, said in Pittsburgh Wednesday. "That bounty notion is completely against the rule and to the extent that if someone is engaged in that activity, we will look into it aggressively."

Suggs made the admission while a guest on the syndicated radio show 2 Live Stews.

"We definitely like to send our messages to rookie running backs who think they've made it," Suggs said. "We did a good a job of sending a message."

The Ravens were upset over a text message that was reportedly sent by Mendenhall, who made his first career start in that game, to Baltimore rookie running back Ray Rice that he was going to have a big game. Mendenhall denied sending the text.

Mendenhall, the Steelers first-round draft pick, suffered a broken shoulder on a hit by Ray Lewis in the second half of Pittsburgh's 23-20 overtime win that ended his season.

Baltimore's beef with Ward goes back several years and came to a boiling point last season when Ward hit safety Ed Reed and linebacker Bart Scott with decleating blocks in the same game. Reed was knocked out of the game and Scott threatened to "kill" Ward and "find him and make sure I take the most violent shot I can take."

The Ravens didn't get any opportunities to do that Sept. 29, but the two teams meet again Dec. 14 in Baltimore.

"He does a little cheap shot," Suggs said on the radio show. "It's legal but it be cheap. … We've got something in store for him."

Ward, who knocked Cincinnati's Keith Rivers out for the season with a broken jaw last Sunday, wasn't bothered by the comments.

"I've been having a bounty for five years now," said Ward. "But (the league) is looking into it. I'll let them handle that. There's nothing I can do about that."

Anderson visited the Steelers Wednesday because of recent comments by some of them over fines that were levied the past few weeks and Troy Polamalu's statement that the NFL was turning into a "pansy" league.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.

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