NFL gives Titans’ Finnegan a pass

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Johnson vs Finnegan photo by Associated Press

The aftermath of “The Incitement at Reliant” tells us one thing.  A player can avoid suspension for instigating a throw down as long as his target throws back.  Both Courtland Finnegan and Andre Johnson avoided suspensions while getting hit with $25,000 fines each. 

The NFL has traditionally avoided suspending two players engaged in a physical altercation.  The rationale being a players helmet protects them from potential harmful blows, thus the hazard is minimized.  However when the helmets came off in Houston on Sunday, the league missed wide right on creating a new precedent.  Instead, they ended up reinforcing an image that they have aggressively tried to avoid in recent history.

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Topics: Andre Johnson, Bud Adams, Courtland Finnegan, Fight, Houston Texans, Jeff Fisher, Michael Pittman, Mike Carey, NFL, NFL Playoffs, Reliant, Sean Taylor, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins

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  • Ben Sumner

    There’s a theory that the non-suspension has something to do with one of the teams playing on the NFL network this week, and the NFL doesn’t want to harm their own ratings.

    • Drew Hall

      Could be. Taylor wasn’t suspended either for the next playoff game against the Seahawks. Would the fines have been the same had they kept their helmets on?