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Was $25,000 a fitting fine?

Was a $25,000 fine a fitting punishment for Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan's on-field brawl?

By Reader Poll | November 30, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Subjectivity is a necessity

The NFL must consider each situation -- including the track records of the players involved -- when deciding on appropriate punishments for fights, punches and illegal hits, to avoid heading down a slippery slope.

By Anthony Stalter | November 30, 2010; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Conspiracy theories

Perhaps Houston's next two games -- nationally televised matchups on Thursday and Monday nights -- played a role in the relatively light fine Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan received for their on-field fight.

By Tim McHale | November 30, 2010; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

No fighting in Goodell's NFL

In Roger Goodell's NFL, displays of temper are not tolerated. And it's Cortland Finnegan whose reputation was further tarnished by his fight with Andre Johnson.

By Dave Goldberg | November 30, 2010; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hits worse than fights

Long-term damage from helmet-to-helmet hits is more dangerous to the NFL than on-field fights and fines and suspensions should be levied accordingly.

By Michael Oriard | November 30, 2010; 12:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

A dangerous precedent

Failing to suspend players for fighting on the field sets a dangerous precedent in the NFL that could eventually result in injuries to star players.

By Michael Kun | November 30, 2010; 12:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fines do just fine

Fines and a coach's wrath have always been the best deterrents in the NFL, and the fines levied against Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan for their Sunday fracas should do just that.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Don't bet against Peyton

As long as the Colts have Peyton Manning at the helm, they'll never be far from postseason and Super Bowl contention.

By Tim McHale | October 5, 2010; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton still a safe bet

Despite an 0-2 start in the division, helped by Jim Caldwell's timeout blunder against the Jaguars, the Colts should turn things around behind the most reliable signal caller in the NFL, Peyton Manning.

By Dave Goldberg | October 5, 2010; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Timing is everything

One AFC South team is 3-1 because of a prudently timed timeout taken by its coach while another is 2-2 as a result of its coaches timeout blunder.

By Michael Kun | October 5, 2010; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Texas two-step

The Dallas Cowboys' slow start isn't a total shock and they should still contend for the NFC East, but the Houston Texans appear poised for a postseason run following two impressive victories to start the season.

By Michael Bean | September 21, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five early surprises

The Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans have all surprised early on for very different reasons.

By Dave Goldberg | September 21, 2010; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which teams will turn it around in 2010?

Which non-playoff team from last season has the best chance to make a deep postseason run in 2010-11?

By Reader Poll | July 13, 2010; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Houston in the hunt

With a top-notch offense, the Houston Texans might only need an average defense to make their first trip to the playoffs in 2010.

By Tim McHale | July 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

This could be Texans' year

If the right breaks fall their way, the Houston Texans could crack the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

By Doug Farrar | July 13, 2010; 01:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pay day for 'Dre

Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver in the NFL and it's time his contract reflected his value to the Houston Texans.

By Tim McHale | May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A blip on offseason radar

Both Andre and Chris Johnson deserve restructured contracts and both should get them before the season begins. Until then, their holdouts are just a blip on the offseason radar.

By Dave Goldberg | May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pony up and pay the man

Andre Johnson has made himself expendable by quietly becoming the best wide receiver in the NFL. Now the Houston Texans should defy conventional wisdom and pay their top talent.

By Anthony Stalter | May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Long holdouts looming

Both Andre and Chris Johnson deserve new long-term contracts but neither has the leverage to make that happen anytime soon, which could result in lengthy holdouts and contract disputes.

By Joe Baker | May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

CBA is biggest hurdle

The biggest hurdle preventing Chris Johnson from becoming the highest paid offensive player in the NFL isn't his team's wallet, it's the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

By Jason Brewer | May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do Johnsons deserve new deals?

Should the Texans and Titans give Andre and Chris Johnson new deals?

By Reader Poll | May 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

AP mulligan fails

By its actions today, the AP has moved from simple carelessness to gross negligence.

By Emil Steiner | May 12, 2010; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dear AP: Don't look back

Associated Press should stick with the votes they made at the end of the season, just as they do when voting for awards across professional sports.

By Brandon Benson | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Policy holes lead to undeserving winners

Holes in NFL banned substance testing policy allowed Brian Cushing and others to continue playing long after a positive test.

By Doug Farrar | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Suspension is sufficient

Brian Cushing's league-issued four-game suspension is punishment enough for his used of a banned substance. The Associated Press should not feel compelled to pile on by stripping him of his well-deserved Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

By Tim McHale | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The pressure to perform

Brian Cushing is far from the first defensive rookie whose desire to be a star his first year led him to take performance enhancing drugs. Now he's suffering the consequences.

By Anthony Stalter | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's in the position

The AP is right to revote on the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but a trend of banned substance use among elite pass rushers might be a sign that certain position players are more likely to experiment with steroids.

By Joe Baker | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should AP strip Cushing?

Should the Associated Press strip Houston Texans' linebacker Brian Cushing off his 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award for testing positive for a banned substance?

By Reader Poll | May 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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