Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda accused Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons of spitting in his face during the Divisional Round game on Saturday night.
Yanda made the claim when speaking to the media after the Titans defeated the Ravens 28-12 to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
Yanda says the incident happened during the second or third quarter, according to Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun.
"“I just want to put him on notice, in the media. I’ve never done this in my career,” said Yanda. “There’s a right way and a wrong way to play football, and that guy did not do it the right way today. So the refs and everybody in the NFL need to put him on notice. Like I said, I’ve never been spit in my face, and I literally got spit right in my face by No. 98.”"
The Pro Bowl guard also said that Simmons was “saying some stuff today that’s just ridiculous conduct for the NFL.”
Yanda even spoke to defensive lineman Jurrell Casey about his teammate.
"“I told Jurrell to get your guy, because that’s ridiculous,” Yanda said. “I definitely respect Jurrell and I wanted to let him know to get your guy, because that was … not acceptable in this game.”"
We’ll have to see if any video evidence can corroborate what Yanda is saying, but as of right now there isn’t any and it will be Yanda’s word against Simmons’.
The Titans rookie was a disruptive force up the middle and totaled one tackle in the winning effort. His biggest contribution came when he recovered a fumble that was forced by Casey after a sack of Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson.
Simmons was drafted in the first round (No. 19 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State.