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Texans-Titans Brawl Results in Fines, Missing Chunk of Hair

Sep 25, 2009 – 3:00 PM
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Stephanie Stradley

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Andre Johnson isn't much of a talker by most accounts, though Cortland Finnegan got his attention last Sunday. During the Texans' 34-31 win over the Titans, Johnson and Finnegan were yapping at each other the entire day, which eventually turned into a brawl after Johnson threw Finnegan into the players on the Texans sideline.

The other sideline is a dangerous place for any player to be during a brawl, and, according to this report from Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle, one unnamed Texan took a chunk of Finnegan's red hair off the field as a souvenir of the fight. Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones was ejected from the game for throwing a punch and one of the smallest Texans, wide receiver David Anderson, was assessed an offsetting 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL has fined two Texans players -- Johnson $7,500 for unnecessary roughness in throwing Finnegan to the ground by his facemask, and Jacoby Jones $5,000 for unnecessarily entering the fight area. After the game, Anderson denied doing anything that should have resulted in a penalty, and apparently the NFL agreed by not giving him a fine.

Jones was fined $5,000 for throwing a punch. He claims that he shoved someone and never threw a punch, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he couldn't see a punch on the coach's film. The TV cameras were very slow to show the fight, and there were many players in the brawl, so it was hard to see what was going on. Personally, I think it looked more like a shove than a fist, but it is hard to see looking at this YouTube:

It's a strange league when punch throwing gets less of a fine than a sock violation or a player wearing a Jason mask during pregame warmups.
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