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Aqib Talib: No grudges with Steve Smith; hip is ‘all right’

11.20.13 at 2:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — As far as Aqib Talib is concerned, there are no grudges with Steve Smith.

The Patriots corner and Panthers receiver engaged in a few dustups on Monday night when the two teams met in Carolina. After the game, Smith got in a verbal jab on Talib, who didn’t finish the game because of a hip injury, telling the New England defensive back to “Ice up, son. Ice up.”

Talib said he didn’t have anything to add.

“Course not, man. I’m done with Steve for the year, man,” he said with a grin. “Great game — great competitor, man. I always enjoy going against Steve.

“It’s never personal man,. It’s never personal,” added Talib when pressed about how things went down. “I’m sure, if I see Steve, it’ll be, ‘Hey, what’s up? How you doing?’ It’s never personal. Him and the other guy from St. Louis? That was personal. I mean, he didn’t say he was going to punch me in my face after the game. He just told me to go get in the tub. Kinda thoughtful.”

Talib indicated that the hip was OK.

“It’s all right. It’s all right. It tightened up on me a little bit toward the end of the game. It’s fine though,” he said. “We’ll see, man. I’m day to day. I’m out there working like everybody else. Just taking it one day at a time.”

Talib is part of a banged up secondary, a group that includes safety Steve Gregory (thumb) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee).

“It’s football. It’s football,” he said. “Everybody out there is banged up.”

Talib and the rest of the Patriots’ pass defense have a sizable challenge this week against Peyton Manning and a Broncos offense that is first in the league in total offense, passing offense and points per game.

“Ah, man — we thought we had some weapons to go up against last week. It’s to the next level this week,” he said. “They have weapons at almost every position. We have to put in the work — put the time in.

“[Manning is] great at reading them defenses, so, you have to do a great job at trying to disguise or whatever your plan is. You have to have a great plan with Peyton, as opposed to other quarterbacks.”

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