In the aftermath of the fight between Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson and Tennessee Titans CB Cortland Finnegan, most people are pointing to Finnegan -- largely considered one of the NFL's dirtiest players -- as the instigator. Video of the fight suggests that's the case and now FOX 26 says it was planned.
The Houston FOX affiliate cites multiple sources in reporting that seconds before the fight -- which was apparently started when Finnegan immediately pressed Johnson at the line of scrimmage -- Finnegan looked to the Texans sideline and said "watch this".
That would indicate that the fight was planned by Finnegan and, if true, likely doesn't bode well for him as he tries to avoid a suspension. Finnegan's fine history, plus these new details, may pave the way for him to be suspended for the incident instead of just fined.
Following the game, Johnson apologized and the Texans owner, Bob McNair, said he didn't think he should be fined for the incident.
"I don't know why there would be [a fine]," McNair said. "The DB was all over him and he's (Finnegan) the one that initiated it, and he'd been dojng it the play before and the whole game. He just went a little too far and Andre was the one on camera when the action heated up. That's not Andre."
The league office will be reviewing the facts and issuing discipline this week. The Texans play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football this week.