December 21, 2014

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Browns WR Greg Little says Ravens safety James Ihedigbo tried to choke him, he needed to defend himself

Head linesman Mark Hittner separates Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little from Baltimore Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo on Sunday. Little was called for a personal foul. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Head linesman Mark Hittner separates Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little from Baltimore Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo on Sunday. Little was called for a personal foul. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns receiver Greg Little doesn’t regret his decision to roll the helmet of Ravens safety James Ihedigbo across the field, which drew the first of his two 15-yard penalties Sunday during Cleveland’s 24-18 win.

“I was pushing him off of me and it popped off,” Little said today of Ihedigbo’s helmet. “The refs were pulling him off me and him still trying to choke me and it popped off.”

Replays showed Ihedigbo’s around Little’s neck area at the bottom of a pileup.

“You’re not going to let a guy spit in his face and you’re not going to let a guy choke you,” Little said after Cleveland’s last practice before leaving for the bye week. “You’re not going to let a guy have a way with your kids or your family or your wife. That’s what it is as a man.”

The NFL reviews all plays and confirms discipline Fridays.

Little is likely to be fined for the unsportsmanlike helmet toss, and possibly for the 15-yard taunting penalty when he gestured “bring it on” toward Ihedigbo after making one of his career-high seven catches for 122 yards. Little also appeared to throw a punch before the taunt.

“No, but it is what it is,” he said when asked if he threw a jab.

Little said he didn’t know if he’d be fined.

“I don’t know and I don’t hope I do,” he said.

What should Ihedigbo get?

“If I have a discipline, then that be reciprocated,” Little said.

Little said he doesn’t know Ihedigbo, who told Baltimore reporters Little was trying to be a tough guy.

“He’s far from tough,” Little said. “Believe it.

“I’m going to hold back on what I really want to say. I’m pretty sure we’ll play again and if he feels like I’m not tough he knows where to find me.”

Little is an emotional player who’s been known to lose his composure and felt the Ravens baited him.

“It was their team trying to single me out,” he said.

Little’s teammates understood that Little was pushed, but preferred he didn’t draw the penalties.

“Greg knows that he shouldn’t have thrown the helmet, but at the same time, as a man, you don’t want to be disrespected,” cornerback Joe Haden said.