Oher backs off trash talk

Ravens rookie Michael Oher called his brief trash-talking segment with Vikings defensive end Jared Allen "a big misunderstanding" after an emotional game.

Apparently Baltimore rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher has learned when it is in his best interest to keep his mouth shut.

Oher caused a bit of a firestorm when he badmouthed Jared Allen, saying he was "nothing special" following the Vikings 33-31 win over the Ravens. The comment prompted Allen on the latest webisode of "After Party With Jay Glazer" on FoxSports.com to fire back that Oher was "some idiot trying to talk himself up," adding that "I beat that dude like a red-headed stepchild."

Was this the beginning of a war of words. Not likely. In an interview with the National Football Post, Oher sought to clear the air somewhat and backed off his previous statements in hopes of putting an end to the non-conference feud.

"It's just a big misunderstanding," Oher said of the trash talking. "That guy is a great player. I have nothing but respect for that guy. He's doing a great job. He was definitely a challenge and I've got nothing but respect. We got into it during the game and it got kind of emotional, but it's over now."

Considering that they likely won't meet again for four years, it was interesting that Oher would back off his comments like he did, but it's good to see that the rookie found a way to put professional pride aside and extend the olive branch to end the mini-feud.


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  • The Vikings also worked out wide receiver Logan Payne at the team complex Tuesday.

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  • Steelers kicker Jeff Reed will play Sunday against the Vikings. Reed was arrested and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, simple assault and resisting arrest following the Steelers win Sunday. Coach Mike Tomlin said Reed won't be suspended by the team. He is the only kicker on the Steelers roster.

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  • Former Viking Marcus McCauley signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, just in time to board a plane to London as the team prepares to go up against Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and the rest of the high-powered Patriots offense.

  • Former Vikings CB Brian Williams was put on injured reserve by the Falcons Tuesday with a torn ACL. Williams was injured making a play in the end zone in Atlanta's 21-14 win over the Bears.

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