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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