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By The Associated Press
Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, 9:14 p.m.

The regular refs may have missed a few things in their first game back.

Browns safety Ray Ventrone, who starred at Chartiers Valley and Villanova, said the Ravens were dirty.

“I know that they were playing dirty on offense,” Ventrone said Friday as Cleveland's players regrouped after Thursday's loss. “Watch the film, man. There was some dirty stuff going on.”

Ventrone, the Browns' special teams dynamo who is playing despite recently undergoing surgery on a badly broken thumb, said “There was some unnecessary stuff that was happening to our defensive backs most specifically.”

Ventrone said there has been some questionable play in the past but not as much as in this meeting between the teams.

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