Tag:Andre Johnson
Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:20 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 9:31 pm

Andre Johnson heads to locker room

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Early in the second quarter of the Thursday night game, the Texans have fallen behind the Eagles 14-3, and right now, it doesn’t look like Houston’s defense has a prayer of stopping Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, et al.

So, it’s awfully disconcerting to see Houston WR Andre Johnson walk to the locker room, like he just did (to be fair, it’d be disconcerting regardless of which opponent the Texans were playing).

Johnson has been battling ankle injuries all season, so that could be part of the problem. But if he’s not in there for Houston’s offense, it seems highly likely this game already is over.

UPDATE (9:28 p.m.):
With about 7 minutes to play, Johnson is back in the game, and on his first play, he caught a 42-yard pass from Matt Schaub. Two plays later, the Texans scored to cut the Eagles lead to 17-10.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:33 pm

Andre Johnson gets mic'd up

Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Man, how great is the weekly Sound FX videos on NFL.com ? Sometimes, the luck is with us and we get to watch what’s going on inside a person’s head before something controversial (or wonderful) happens.

This week, the league happened to mic up Texans WR Andre Johnson. Thankfully, the video has sound (though, strangely, no words apparently were spoken) of the brouhaha between him and Titans CB Cortland Finnegan, and we get to know what Johnson was saying beforehand (he was complaining to an official that Finnegan was putting his hands on Johnson’s facemask and he told Finnegan not to get frustrated). Also, fascinating stuff from the officials.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:35 pm

Texans vs. Eagles Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

The Thursday night NFL matchup features the Eagles vs. Texans and hooooo-boy is it a scorcher. Actually, that was just the default line for the NFL Network game, but it turns out, this is a pretty good game, in that it should be a fast-paced shootout between two explosive teams.

Can Michael Vick get back to fundamentals? Will the Texans be able to control the clock? How will the weather affect Houston's offense? Can Mario Williams generate any pressure on Vick? Are the Eagles capable of slowing down Arian Foster? Who's behind the massive conspiracy to keep Andre Johnson in the starting lineup for this matchup? Or is there just a conspiracy to generate a conspiracy? And, where exactly is Jimmy Hoffa in all of this?

Andy and I answer all those questions (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 5:40 pm

Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan fined $25K each

Posted by Will Brinson

Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson made serious NFL headlines when they got involved in a fight during the Houston-Tennessee game and were summarily ejected. It was (wisely) assumed that both would be fined and there was a good chance each would see a suspension (although word leaked Monday that Johnson wouldn't miss a game) -- that's not the case though.

According to the NFL, neither Johnson nor Finnegan will be suspended for their part in the altercation on Sunday.

They will, however, be fined $25,000 each for their actions.

This news, honestly, is nothing short of shocking -- Johnson laid a few haymakers on a helmet-less Finnegan, and the Titans cornerback has a pretty bad track record, warned Houston's bench of what he was going to do, and also taunted the Texans fans as he was escorted from Reliant Stadium. 

Granted, Johnson apologized following the game (Finnegan did not) and this is the exact same punishment handed to Richard Seymour for his cheap shot on Ben Roethlisberger during Week 11, so perhaps it's simply better to wait until after a play to start delivering dirty hits on players. If you do so, even without bad intentions, before the whistle blows, you're likely to see a much bigger hit to the wallet.

As always, we encourage your thoughts in the comments -- Too high?? Too low?? -- and if you haven't seen the fight yet, check it below.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:39 pm

NFL Week 12 Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 12 of the NFL season is almost over (scary thought, no) and for once, we've got a little bit of clarity in terms of who's good and who's bad. The key phrase there, of course, is "a little bit."

To sort out the muddled business, though, Andy and I hop on the podcast machine and discuss whether Peyton Manning is seriously troubled, what kind of punishment Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson deserve, what the Buccaneers really are, if the Packers-Falcons game was an NFC Championship Game preview, why the Falcons are so unstoppable at home, if Steve Johnson is insane, whether Josh McDaniels is a lame duck in Denver, how Kansas City can contend and whether the Dolphins are back now.

All those problems solved (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:48 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 2:51 pm

Andre Johnson will NOT be suspended

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mark Berman of FOX 26 Sports reports that Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson will be fined but not suspended for the punches he threw at Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan Sunday.

Berman does not say how large the fine will be or whether Finnegan will garner the same punishment. The NFL might view Finnegan as the instigator given that he reportedly warned the Texans bench of his actions seconds beforehand. The good news for the Texans is that they will have their most explosive offensive weapon on the field at Philadelphia Thursday night.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:16 pm

Finnegan warned Texans' bench before fight

Posted by Andy Benoit

While we’re all waiting for the NFL to announce the punishments for Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson, we’ll pass along this interesting tidbit: Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle reports that, just before the play in which the fight broke out, Finnegan turned to the Texans benched yelled “Watch this”.

This just confirms what was already obvious: Finnegan’s actions were premeditated. At the end of the day, the “feisty” (i.e. “dirty”) cornerback wound up announcing to the Texans’ bench that he was about to get his butt whipped.

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 7:06 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 5:31 pm

Andre Johnson apologizes for Finnegan fight

Posted by Will Brinson

One of the bigger headlines from the early games was the fight that broke out in Houston between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan of the Titans. That's primarily because a) it was pretty crazy and b) it probably means a suspension is coming for Johnson, which is highly problematic for the Texans offense.

After the game, though, Johnson was apologetic and stated that he hoped to avoid missing any games as a result of punishment from the NFL.

"I really don’t have anything to say about Cortland," Johnson said according to the Texans' website. "I would like to apologize to the organization, our owner, and my teammates. What happened out there today was not me. I just lost my cool and I wish that I could take back what happened, but I can't. It's over and done with now. I'm pretty sure that I'll be disciplined for it. When that time comes, I'll find out what it is and have to deal with it from there ... I hope that I’m not suspended for the next game."

He's definitely going to be disciplined -- at the bare minimum, he'll get nailed with a monster fine. There are at least a couple of mitigating factors out there for Johnson, though.

First of all, Richard Seymour took a cheap shot at Ben Roethlisberger last week, was ejected and fined, but not suspended, something Texans offensive lineman Eric Winston pointed out.

"Seymour got kicked out last game, right?" Winston said. "Did he get to play this game? He wasn’t (suspended), right? So, (Johnson) should be able to play."

There's also the fact that Finnegan has a "dirty" label attached to his name, and seemed to have at least provoked Johnson throughout the game and then, following the fight, egged on fans. (An action that'll probably bring him the standard $25,000 hit there.)

The nature of the fight was such that avoiding a suspension would be surprising, but weirder things have happened with NFL punishments before.
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