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Panthers CB Josh Norman on scrap with Washington’s Trent Williams: ‘He be trippin’’

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, right, applies pressure on Washington tight end Jordan Reed, left, during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, right, applies pressure on Washington tight end Jordan Reed, left, during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman was giving up 5 inches and 142 pounds to Trent Williams, but Norman didn’t back down before having to be separated from Washington’s big left tackle in the first half Sunday of Carolina’s 44-16 victory.

“I don’t know who dude is, but he be trippin’,” Norman said. “I just don’t understand, man. Shoot, the score was well out of reach and he was still doing crazy stuff.”

Norman said Williams was involved in a lot of after-the-whistle activity, including shoving guys on the ground and engaging in a lot of trash talk.

After one such play in the first half, Norman (6-foot, 195 pounds) and Williams (6-5, 337) got in each other’s faces and head-butted each other. No flags were thrown, but Norman didn’t forget the exchange.

“He better be glad those refs were out there. I feel like if they wouldn’t (have been there), people would have gone to a dark place,” Norman said. “It was good that they were out there to get in between that. I don’t care how big he was, I’d take a shot.”

Williams was the only left tackle who hadn’t allowed a sack this season entering the game. But he gave up at least one of the five sacks Washington allowed before leaving the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

Norman said he was ready for Williams, regardless of his size.

“I don’t care how big you are. It really doesn’t matter. We lions, we dogs out there. It doesn’t matter if you want to hit me or chip me. I’m not going to sit back there and be lax about it. I’m going to do something about it,” Norman said.

“I’m not backing down from nobody. I don’t care if you’re 6-8, 350. I’m going to take a shot at you and see what that looks like.”

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