Johnson and Finnegan each fined $25,000 for brawl

Posted Nov. 29, 2010 @ 5:30 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Texans WR Andre Johnson and Titans CB Cortland Finnegan were each fined $25,000 by the NFL on Monday for fighting in Sunday's game. Neither was suspended.

The two players engaged in a fistfight in the fourth quarter after spending most of the game jawing at one another. On a Texans running play, Finnegan jammed Johnson's facemask at the line. Johnson responded by ripping off Finnegan's helmet and landed two punches to his head and neck. Finnegan tore off Johnson's helmet before the players were separated.

Both players were flagged and ejected. Johnson apologized after the game. Finnegan did not speak to reporters.

Finnegan has been fined four times this season for $45,000.

The way we see it

Video highlights of the brawl have been all over TV and the Internet. It's one thing to have a scuffle, but to see Johnson throw punches was jarring considering he is generally mild-mannered. Finnegan seems to get under Johnson's skin — the star wideout was fined $7,500 for getting in a scuffle with Finnegan last season. In a wide-open AFC South, both teams should feel fortunate that neither player will miss any games due to suspension.