Andre Johnson apologized to teammates after a fight with Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan.
Johnson, the Texans' Pro Bowl wide receiver, was ejected from the Texans' 20-0 victory over the Titans at Reliant Stadium Sunday midway through the third quarter. He and Finnegan had exchanged shoves on the play before, and after Finnegan drove his hands to Johnson's face, Johnson retaliated by removing Finnegan's helmet and then punching the Pro Bowl cornerback three times.
Johnson apologized to teammates afterward.
"I really don't have anything to say about Cortland," Johnson said afterward. "I would like to apologize to the organization, our owner & my teammates. What happened out there today was not me. I just lost my cool and I wish that I could take back what happened, but I can't."
But Texans' owner Bob McNair didn't seem too upset, telling reporters, "I awarded (the fight) to Andre on points."
Johnson said while he is sure he will be disciplined by the NFL, he added that he hopes to avoid a suspension.
"When that time comes, I'll find out what it is and have to deal with it from there," he said.
Teammates also discussed the possibility.
"It would be a big blow," quarterback Matt Schaub said of the possibility of losing Johnson for the game. "He's obviously one of our best players and our go-to guy. It remains to be seen what the outcomes are going to be. If that's the case, we have to have guys step up and make plays and find a way to beat Philadelphia on Thursday night. Hopefully, he'll be with us and will be able to move forward."
Johnson said he thought the result of the game might have prompted Finnegan to behave as he did.
"I think that he was frustrated with what was going on during the game," Johnson said. "He kept doing little things, and I told him, 'Just because you're frustrated, you need to stop what you're doing.' And I guess he thought it was funny. He was mad because we exchanged some words. He tried to quick jam me (on the play of the fight) because he thought I wasn't looking. He snatched my helmet off and I snatched his off and it went from there."