When Steve Smith was released by the Carolina Panthers at the end of last season he had some harsh word to say about potentially facing his old team in the future:
"Put your goggles on, 'cause there's going to be blood and guts everywhere.'' Smith told a Charlotte based radio station.
Well here we are, several months down the line and the reunion is imminent. Smith signed with the Baltimore Ravens following his release and he has started the season well. He has been Joe Flacco's number one target and he is ranked 9th in the league in receiving yards.
The Panthers met the media yesterday and running back DeAngelo Williams appeared to be more than ready for Smith and the Ravens, as he actually turned up wearing goggles.
When Williams was asked if he expected any 'blood and guts' he played down the statement by Smith:
"I wouldn't say that. It's a football game. That sounds more like surgery when you say blood and guts......I just happened to have a pair around,'' Williams said. "I've used them in the past, but it wasn't for blood and guts. It was to keep mud out of my eyes when I'm on my ATV. But they're good for multiple occasions.''
Williams went on to say he was excited going into the match up:
"Steve kind of left us a message the first game of the season, so I'm looking forward to it,''
The message he was referring to went something like this, "Hey, if you (expletive) think I can't play, you're gonna find out in Week 4, (expletive)."
Realistically Williams wont be focusing too much on Steve Smith this sunday. He has to make sure he can stay healthy. He missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but has made it through two full practices this week and says he is ready to play.
He has to be ready considering both of his fellow running backs, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are doubtful and out, respectively.
"I'm very encouraged,'' Williams said. "I've got everything that I need. I've got my shoulder pads, I've got my helmet, I've got my game socks, shoes and my goggles.