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Finnegan plans apology to Andre Johnson, not retaliation

Titans coach Jeff Fisher was asked earlier in the week if he had to tell cornerback Cortland Finnegan not to get into an altercation Sunday when the team faces off against Andre Johnson and the Texans.

“I don’t think he got drawn into anything the last time around,” Fisher said via the Tennessean.   “So maybe someone needs to talk to Andre Johnson about that.”

Finnegan sounds less combative than his coach.  While the cornerback joked that people could get their proverbial popcorn ready for the rematch, he said he planned to smooth things over before the game.

“Regardless if I’m right or wrong,” Finnegan said, “I am going to apologize to get this off my heart. . . . [A fight] is  not going to happen.  I am more concerned about us winning a football game than anything right now. We haven’t done that in awhile, and that is one thing we need to get back to doing.  Retaliation is for the birds.”

Johnson made similar remarks, saying he regretted the whole situation and would stay in control this time.  Even without any fight, Finnegan and Johnson’s in-game battle is always worth the price of admission despite their team’s records.

Finnegan is enjoying an underrated season after a slow start, while Johnson leads the league in yards-per-game despite playing through an injured ankle all year.

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10 Responses to “Finnegan plans apology to Andre Johnson, not retaliation”
  1. Slackmo says: Dec 16, 2010 9:19 AM

    I’m betting on Johnson in the 2nd round.

  2. cleverbob says: Dec 16, 2010 9:44 AM

    Of course he’d rather apologize than get wailed on again.

  3. cometkazie says: Dec 16, 2010 10:05 AM

    I wish the NFL would handle fighting like the NHL does. Let the combatants finish the fight then put them in a penalty box and the teams play a man short.

  4. shaggeez says: Dec 16, 2010 10:09 AM

    I don’t know about underrated seasons, but finnegan was slaughtered on two deep balls against reggie wayne last week. he did do a nice job on andre first game though.

  5. alliwantforchristmasissomedamnfootball says: Dec 16, 2010 10:22 AM

    im bettin johnson gives cortie a nice double move and goes by him like the flake that he is.
    one apology doesnt undo all the dirty play that the punk from Tenn has used in the past.
    you still suck the big one

  6. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 16, 2010 10:36 AM

    Schaub to Johnson for 200 yards and 2 TD’s.

  7. klunge says: Dec 16, 2010 10:49 AM

    It’s a shame I have a first-round bye in my fantasy playoff… I have a feeling Andre is going to light up that fool, and I’ll miss out on the points!

    X2 on the comment that Finnegan doesn’t want to get clocked again so he’s going to be extra nice.

  8. zoxitic says: Dec 16, 2010 10:50 AM

    Wouldnt you apologize if you didnt want to someone to punch you hard in the face again?

  9. bucsballer says: Dec 16, 2010 11:29 AM

    of course jeff Fisher thinks the fight was all andre’s fault, cause his guy got owned. Do it up Andre

  10. mrone50 says: Dec 16, 2010 11:33 AM

    I have a tanscript of the apology:

    Finnegan: My bad dog, sorry I made you beat the breaks off me.

    Johnson: OK

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