Week 12: Titans at Texans
Rarely do any fistfights in football inflict damage on the combatants. However, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Texans receiver Andre Johnson found a way around that and had perhaps the most violent tête à tête in the NFL in the color television era.
Undoubtedly the NFL will not provide the video link to it on their site, the only officially sanctioned source for video clips. We will post a link if we find one (or alert us to one in the comments). (Update: I owe the NFL a big apology. Here is the video.)
Both players sacrificed a down to go after each other, then each yanked off each other’s helmet as they pummeled each other in an old-fashioned hockey-style fight. Umpire Garth DeFelice, armed with just a whistle and and a yellow flag, intervened to break up the fracas.
Finnegan is already on notice by the league; in Week 4 that he was notified that he faces possible suspension for any future on-field acts. The level of the battle is likely to have both players suspended anyway, so Finnegan might have an extremely rare multiple-game suspension for an on-field incident. Finnegan and Johnson were ejected from the game after the fourth-quarter incident.
Clete Blakeman was the referee and side judge Greg Meyer is shown giving Johnson the ejection signal immediately after the fight breaks.
The Titans and Texans met in Week 2 of 2009 with an ejection and fines being levied for fighting during that game.