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Trent Richardson responds to Rey Maualuga's critique

If nothing else, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga added a little spice to Sunday's "Battle of Ohio" against the Cleveland Browns.

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The game marks Maualuga's first up-close look at Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson, a player he doesn't sound overly impressed with.

"He can run you over, and you can miss a tackle, at the same time, from what we've seen he didn't do nothing spectacular," Maualuga told, via The Plain Dealer. "From running screens, missing passes, trying to find a hole when he's running the ball. He just didn't do anything spectacular from what I've seen. I'm pretty sure he's going to want to get after it once he plays us."

Browns coach Pat Shurmur blew off the remarks Thursday, but Richardson did not, admitting he's thought more than once about the critique.

"Most definitely," Richardson told the newspaper. "When somebody wants to talk mess, I mean, hey, that's them. I let my game speak for itself, so if they want to see how mad I am, or how upset they got me about the comment, you'll see Sunday."

This is a promising development for anyone waiting for the age-old Browns-Bengals rivalry to show some sign of life. We know which matchup we'll be watching.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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