From Jason Peters' perspective, the hit Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put on quarterback Sam Bradford during Sunday's preseason game wasn't only dirty, it was premeditated.
The Eagles practiced against the Ravens all week, and according to Peters, the Eagles running the read option made Suggs feel like he could get more physical with Bradford during the game.
"We practiced against them all week," Peters said after the game. "They knew we were running the read option and all that. Any time you get a quarterback running the read option, they’re able to take a cheap shot. I think it was planned.
"I think he’s that type of player – dirty, takes shots on the quarterback," Peters said. "I really don’t know him personally, so I really don’t know."
Despite the hit, and a couple more like it, Bradford was able to keep playing. On his only drive, Bradford went 3/5 for 35 yards, capped off by a 14-yard Ryan Mathews run. Peters said he was impressed with that kind of resilience from his new signal-caller.
"He’s a tough guy," Peters said. "He stood right back up in there and took the lick and took us all the way down the field and we scored. That says a lot for Sam."
Peters isn't the only one who thought it was a dirty hit - Bradford himself said after the game that he thought the hit was uncalled for. And when asked if he thought he should have tackled Bradford differently, Suggs didn't seem to show much remorse.
"If you want to run the read option with your starting quarterback that has had two knee surgeries, that's on you," Suggs said. "That's not my responsibility to update you on the rules. I could have hit him harder than that. I eased up ... it's not my job to be reading. It's his job to read me."