Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson and CB Cortland Finnegan will likely be facing fines and/or suspensions for their role in a fight yesterday that resulted in both men being ejected. What made this fight more intense than your usual football right is that both helmets came off and Johnson appeared to connect with Finnegan, who also appeared to be taunting the crowd afterward.
Following the game, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak handed out game balls to his team, who was gathered around him. He leads by giving Johnson a game ball -- and notes he "didn't finish the game" to the laughter of some in the room -- and Johnson takes the game ball and apologizes for his role in the fight. He says he let the emotions of the moment get the better of him, he'll take his discipline and they'll have to move on.
Texans offensive lineman Eric Winston says he's known Johnson a long time and he's never instigated anything like this. On the other hand, Finnegan is widely considered among the dirtiest players in the NFL.
"Everybody has a breaking point," Winston said. "I’ve known Andre a long time, and he’s never instigated anything. I know he didn’t instigate this, either."
Finnegan left without speaking to reports.
The Texans won the game but ultimately they may lose if Johnson has to miss any games. They're right in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC South and losing their best receiver -- and arguably the best receiver in the NFL -- may be a blow from which they can't recover.