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Although I'm a Texans fan who desperately hoped the team's best player wouldn't miss any games, I'm surprised that Andre Johnson was not suspended for throwing three (3) punches at Cortland Innegan (as the joke goes, the instigator got the "F" knocked out of him). I suppose the groundwork was laid for the fine-only treatment the week before with the league's treatment of Richard Seymour for his sucker-punch of Ben Roethlisberger, but it does raise the question of how James Harrison can be fined three times as much as someone who took another player's helmet off and landed three blows presumably intended to hurt the other party. Say what you will about Harrison's penchant for "illegal" hits, but they occurred within the context of a live play. While the Johnson-Innegan melee may have started during live play, it clearly resolved well after the whistle blew.
So why the disparity? It wouldn't have anything to do with the Texans' next two games being primetime affairs (Thursday night against the Eagles, followed by a Monday night game against the Ravens), would it?
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Posted by: snydersweb | December 1, 2010 9:13 AM
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