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Bernard Pollard gets personal foul 5 minutes into the preseason

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It took Bernard Pollard only five minutes into the preseason to get his first personal foul as a Tennessee Titan.

Early in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins hit receiver Aldrick Robinson for 15 yards along the sideline. Pollard ran up to Robinson, lowered his head, and drilled him in the back just as he was stepping out of bounds. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness and the Titans were penalized 15 yards.

The hit was, indeed, unnecessary: Pollard didn’t need to hit Robinson at all, as Robinson’s momentum was already taking him out of bounds. And even if Pollard felt that he needed to make absolutely certain that Robinson was going out of bounds, Pollard could have done that by shoving Robinson with his hands, rather than lowering his head.

The bad news for Pollard is that even though the paychecks are a lot smaller in the preseason, the fines are the same. And Pollard, an outspoken opponent of many of the NFL’s efforts to make the game safer, will be fined.

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  1. nyg201 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:15 AM

    Should of just pullled the flags off the side of the receiver.

  2. wryly1 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:17 AM

    This bonehead will hurt his team by keeping opponents possessions and drives going with his thoughtless penalties.

  3. jnbnet says: Aug 9, 2013 7:19 AM

    Good!

  4. trollingforjustice says: Aug 9, 2013 7:27 AM

    Stupid play for just letting your presence be known.
    H e will be collecting termination notices from teams for the rest of his career

  5. floratiotime says: Aug 9, 2013 7:31 AM

    Always been a dirty player … who thought he was going to stop now ?

  6. cocheese000 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:37 AM

    I think he is going to be suspended for a game this year because of his “illegal hits.”

  7. ratbirdsrule says: Aug 9, 2013 7:37 AM

    the Ravens move to release him keeps getting validated

  8. southpaw2k says: Aug 9, 2013 7:39 AM

    And people wonder why the Ravens cut him.

    People, THIS is why the Ravens cut him. He’s a walking personal foul call.

  9. Patriot42 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:41 AM

    His style of play trying to hurt the opponent started with the Chiefs when he injured Brady. He is a cheap shot player that will never become an elite player but will be remembered as a dirty player.

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 9, 2013 7:48 AM

    I”m glad he’s here, but make no mistake, he SHOULD be fined for that cheap stunt last night.

    -Titans Fan

  11. simpleghost says: Aug 9, 2013 7:49 AM

    @wryly1

    Sorta like he hurt the Ravens when he ko’d Ridley and won the Pats game

  12. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:50 AM

    The coaches sat him down and said, “Remember, you’re not in Baltimore anymore.”

  13. seabronco says: Aug 9, 2013 7:52 AM

    Show the video

  14. ravenmuscle says: Aug 9, 2013 7:53 AM

    That’s why the Ravens released him…he is a knucklehead who will NEVER change his ways.

    He “thinks” he is bringing an intimidating mentality to the Titans but is only bringing 15 yard penalties and losing money from his wallet.

  15. S says: Aug 9, 2013 7:56 AM

    He’s a rabid animal that they put jersey’s on. Sure his antics can help your team but not the kind of guy you really want to have around…thus the constant rotation of teams for this guy.

  16. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 9, 2013 8:02 AM

    Man, he was ready to hit someone on the other team! Throw the flag, mark the yardage, wind the clock and move on.

  17. vaphinfan says: Aug 9, 2013 8:04 AM

    The wr was stepping out of bounds but he wasn’t out of bounds when pollard hit him and he still gets a flag.

  18. hakunamangata says: Aug 9, 2013 8:05 AM

    In the immortal words of Brick Tannan from Anchorman; “you’ve got mental problems man”

  19. zoxitic says: Aug 9, 2013 8:05 AM

    Bad signing Titans, but I’m not surprised by your bad personnel moves.

  20. hehateme2 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:06 AM

    Well done! Is it a record?

  21. joeflaccosunibrow says: Aug 9, 2013 8:12 AM

    Surprised it took 5 minutes. For Pollard, that’s self control to last that long.

  22. cash804 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:14 AM

    I’d be mad too if my starting QB was Jake Locker…

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:14 AM

    Dirtiest player in the game today.

  24. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 9, 2013 8:19 AM

    I doubt he intends to make such foolish plays all season, but as a way to set the tone for being tough and physical, I bet he got his team mates’ attention…

  25. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:24 AM

    Tennessee is so starved for a contender that most ,if not all, their fans and even the local media are enabling Pollard to do this because they figure they can’t win on talent, so they gotta win on intimidation. The problem with that is –of course with the league’s softy campaign in full tilt– its going to cost thrm the few wins they were going to get so once again, this will wear thin and Pollard will be out of the league soon if this keeps up. Stay classy B.P.

  26. bullcharger says: Aug 9, 2013 8:24 AM

    Pollard intends to injure… He’s not a clean player in any way. If we say Suh is a dirty player, then Pollard should be worse. He has a worse track record.

  27. corvusmaximus says: Aug 9, 2013 8:34 AM

    I loved “The Angry Man” when he was in Baltimore but, like it or not, that style of play is no longer tolerated. His replacement, Matt Elam, displays better tackling form yet he still plays aggressive and seems to be better in coverage.

    Saved some cap money, upgraded the position. That’s how it’s done.

  28. overratedsteelerhater says: Aug 9, 2013 8:34 AM

    get used to that titan fans,some times his hits help win.In the end the hits will help more then hurt…

  29. j0esixpack says: Aug 9, 2013 8:34 AM

    He’s proud to be the dirtiest player in football. One of these days a few offensive players are got to gang up on him and take out his knee.

  30. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 9, 2013 8:35 AM

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  31. gibson34 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:36 AM

    nfl is taking the good hitting out of the game…..good hit to me.

  32. hotep999 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:39 AM

    This dude has become Rodney Harrison reincarnated haha

  33. fryeways says: Aug 9, 2013 8:40 AM

    Pollard thinks he’s such a tough dude, but a hit like this is just terrible sportsmanship and displays no skill whatsoever.

  34. Plumber 65 says: Aug 9, 2013 8:45 AM

    Pollard is pond scum of the game. If the commish want to truly clean up the game, he would suspend the guy for 4 games +++

  35. sb44champs says: Aug 9, 2013 8:46 AM

    Anyone taking up for the NFL’s (Goodell’s)hypocritical stance on player infractions and fines is certainly just a good ole Goodell slurper, lol..

  36. kayakattack says: Aug 9, 2013 8:59 AM

    If you can’t play, you play dirty… If he had real technical skill, he wouldnt need to be dirty

  37. kayakattack says: Aug 9, 2013 9:01 AM

    “gibson34 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 8:36 AM
    nfl is taking the good hitting out of the game…..good hit to me”

    Then you know nothing about football… What was the purpose, drilling a guy in the back had nothing to do with the game..? it’s cheap and worthless

  38. tvjules says: Aug 9, 2013 9:03 AM

    Pollard and Gregg Williams will make quite a team.

  39. skakodker says: Aug 9, 2013 9:04 AM

    This guy needs to get his head examined…or stomped.

  40. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 9, 2013 9:08 AM

    There’s a reason that Pollard is known as Crush Boy – not Choir Boy.

  41. abninf says: Aug 9, 2013 9:09 AM

    I’m all for good bone-crushing concussion-making hits. Not for meaningless cheap shots.

  42. pinion8ted says: Aug 9, 2013 9:10 AM

    Typical Bernard Pollard cheap-shot move. Dirtiest player in the game today.

    Watch that video of his hit on Tom Brady again, and imagine that was YOUR quarterback.

    Dirty player trying to cover his lack of talent.

  43. nananatman says: Aug 9, 2013 9:14 AM

    Someday archeologists will dig him up and say “where did the brain go?”

  44. donth8thehorns says: Aug 9, 2013 9:18 AM

    Turd! Retire already

  45. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 9, 2013 9:29 AM

    #worldchampion

  46. rg3isvictory says: Aug 9, 2013 9:33 AM

    Had made a career as a dirty player! Lets not forget his “accidental” helmet into Brady’s knee! It was a clear dirty play but he got a pass! Enjoy being an NFL migrant worker the rest of your career!

  47. patriotinvasion says: Aug 9, 2013 9:35 AM

    The boogeyman here in New England. I still like the way he plays though. Only thing he’s truly guilty of in my book is the lunge at Brady low but he was trying to make a play and that can happen to anyone on any down.

    Sad for me to admit, but I think Ridley is still counting sheep after that hit in the AFCCG in January. Zzz.

  48. gibson34 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:36 AM

    great hit…..that was not a personal foul…its called football people.

  49. itsfootballbaby says: Aug 9, 2013 9:37 AM

    Sometimes as a fan you have to take the bad with the good….. Titans fans don’t despair, it’s worth it. He will make more big plays than bonehead plays. I loved the guy in B-more.

  50. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 9, 2013 9:48 AM

    This guy is an American hero for taking Brady out in 2008.

  51. anonymousraven1 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:58 AM

    Gee, wonder why he’s on his 4th team in 7 years?

    I mean, besides the fact he couldn’t cover my grandmother.

  52. hinksonri says: Aug 9, 2013 9:59 AM

    What a maggot!

  53. scytherius says: Aug 9, 2013 10:01 AM

    I’ve been a pro football fan for over 6 decades. Have been to more games than I can count all over the U.S. and have “seen ‘em all”. Why some of you routinely maintain, under the guise of “flag football”, that we should let these men kill and cripple each other for our entertainment is utterly beyond. me. Yeah, it’s a damn violent game, but it doesn’t need to be a public execution.

  54. w0rkh0lic1 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:01 AM

    nyg201 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 7:15 AM
    Should of just pullled the flags off the side of the receiver.

    —————–

    When a player is “giving themselves up” and either going to the ground or stepping out of bounds and they are blindsided by a player who is leading with their helmet, that’s how injuries happen. If the receiver was headed up the sidelines with the ball, I can see the need for the hit. I’m all about hits in football, but anyone who thought THAT hit was necessary has never played football…

  55. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 9, 2013 10:03 AM

    I don;t think that Pollard is a dirty player… He’s just a bit overzealous. Some may say that’s the same thing but… I just think he plays with a lot of emotion and hits hard.

    If I’m Tennessee, I worry less about his penalties and more about him being a liability in pass coverage.

  56. billhicks666 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:04 AM

    The reason Pollard has been with so many teams is two-fold:

    1. He is dirty and will cost his team with some stupid 15-yard penalty at a crucial point in the game.
    2. HE CAN’T COVER!! What does it take for personnel people across the league to realize this? He’s strong against the run, although dirty, and terrible against the pass.

  57. dickjagger says: Aug 9, 2013 10:08 AM

    The irony of that Ridley play was that it was Ridley who put his head down and missiled himself forward. Pollard was the wrong guy to do that too! Pollard’s not a dirty player. He’s just a hard hitting old school type that the NFL wants to do away with. It’s his attitude that needs a reality check.

  58. baily67 says: Aug 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    boy football sure has turned into a wussy sport.

  59. metitometin says: Aug 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    Pollard’s whole career has been one cheap shot after another. The dirtiest player in the league bar none. He should be thrown out of the league for his cheap shots to Brady and Gronk alone. It’s a disgrace that any team picked up this loser.

  60. rjkilla says: Aug 9, 2013 10:43 AM

    so now trying to separate the ball from the receiver is illegal? why not just let the offense out there by themselves so nobody ever gets hit again?

  61. killxswitch says: Aug 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    As a Colts fan I am concerned about having to play against this miscreant twice a year. We’ll have to keep Luck far away from him.

  62. jjackwagon says: Aug 9, 2013 10:50 AM

    Pollard laughs at your evaluations of his skill level. I guees you forget, he’s in the league and you are posting comments on PFT. Glad Ridley is not hurt but loved the way he knocked himself out by lowering his head into Pollard. The Brady thing was just football.

  63. filthymcnastyog says: Aug 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    not a surprise. guys been a dirtbag his whole career

  64. justintuckrule says: Aug 9, 2013 11:00 AM

    I don’t need to see the play to know that there was no penalty. If he’s still in bounds, there is NO rule that says you have to shove him out. Man up already you bunch of wimps!! Defense is about intimidation. Take that out completely and you have a glorified track meet

  65. teek77 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:00 AM

    Just goes to show, you can take the player out of Baltimore but you can’t take the Raven out of the player!

  66. mx1dave says: Aug 9, 2013 11:12 AM

    its funny evertbody liked the way players hit other players twenty years ago. take ronnie lott, jack tatum, even john lynch. the difference back then we did not have all the little girl rules. pollard plays the game the way it is supposed to be played. all you complainers, take off your dresses and quit acting like little girls. i would take a couple concussions for a few million. its there choice. get over it.

  67. threeifbyair says: Aug 9, 2013 11:23 AM

    Brady, Gronk, Welker, Ridley… boy I’m glad the Pats aren’t playing the Titans this year.

  68. joerevs300 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:23 AM

    to borrow a line from the Atlanta Braves Twitter account: “clown move, bro”.

  69. xinellum says: Aug 9, 2013 11:32 AM

    If the NFL is now a wussy sport as posted here, why aren’t more of you wusses playing. There have been a number of injuries already in the preseason, why hit a player it of bounds. Same thing happened in the Ravens game and the player also got a personal foul, nothing is said. Why would anyone try to defend an illegal hit and say it is footballs fault when this guy gets cut from every team for these same actions and the yards it costs the team. Pollard is the first to cry if a lineman hits his legs. Someone should take out his knee and put an end to this idiot.

  70. sbaltimore says: Aug 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    Hey…it’s great to see that Pollard is already in regular season form in only the first preseason game.

  71. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    I hope he blows his acl out this season.

  72. philrat says: Aug 9, 2013 12:02 PM

    Pretty easy to get a personal foul these days in the fake football league

  73. xxkingbmorexx says: Aug 9, 2013 12:05 PM

    Hmmmm, Imagine that Greg Williams & Bernard Pollard joins forces, What more do you expect ppl? This will not be the last occurrence I’m thinking with those two guys track record . . .

  74. justintuckrule says: Aug 9, 2013 12:06 PM

    Vince Young’s rookie year when he was good, Mathias Kiwanuka wrapped him up for what should have been a game ending sack. However, due to the rules, he tried to gently take him down to the ground as you dopes suggest Pollard should have done here. What happens you say? Instead of pile driving Young onto his rear end, he breaks away, picks up the first down and drives for a game winning touchdown. Like I said, you all are a bunch of fairy, fantasy football lovers.

    I can’t wait until this league folds under it’s own stupidity and greed and another REAL FOOTBALL league rises from the ashes!

  75. jcbrave says: Aug 9, 2013 12:09 PM

    The out of bounds line was very faint, hard to see, and the receiver was still in bounds, good effort by Pollard

  76. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Aug 9, 2013 12:19 PM

    Did you think a move from Baltimore to Tennessee would make him less of a tool?

  77. getyourownname says: Aug 9, 2013 12:20 PM

    Yes, this kind of play is the reason the Ravens let him go.

    But Patriot fans have no standing to complain if they refuse to acknowledge Brady’s dirty kick slide into Ed Reed’s groin.

  78. wikidpissah says: Aug 9, 2013 12:35 PM

    southpaw2k says: Aug 9, 2013 7:39 AM

    And people wonder why the Ravens cut him.

    People, THIS is why the Ravens cut him. He’s a walking personal foul call.
    ===============================

    He was a walking personal foul call BEFORE the ravens signed him in the first place. They didn’t have a problem with his style.

    It sounds like he was becoming a locker room problem, so they released him.

    Either way they’re better off without him.

  79. w0rkh0lic1 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:19 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Aug 9, 2013 12:06 PM
    Vince Young’s rookie year when he was good, Mathias Kiwanuka wrapped him up for what should have been a game ending sack. However, due to the rules, he tried to gently take him down to the ground as you dopes suggest Pollard should have done here. What happens you say? Instead of pile driving Young onto his rear end, he breaks away, picks up the first down and drives for a game winning touchdown. Like I said, you all are a bunch of fairy, fantasy football lovers.

    I can’t wait until this league folds under it’s own stupidity and greed and another REAL FOOTBALL league rises from the ashes!

    ———————

    Even bringing up that Vince Young play shows that you didn’t see the play this article is referring to, that other play has NO comparison. We’ve all seen a receiver running at the sidelines, facing towards the QB and catches a pass where they have to tap/drag their feet to stay in bounds. They have clear position and their is no chance their momentum doesn’t carry them out of bounds… Other than a penalty, lowering your helmet and slamming into the back of the receiver has no purpose… Were the receiver turning and heading back up the field, totally different circumstances, but Pollard was out to lay out a defenseless receiver at the end if a play where he was out of position and his team had nothing to gain.

    As a Redskins fan, I’m glad we cut ties with “dirty thirty” Laron Landry for the same reason. For every ball jarring hit he made, he’d tally 45 yards of penalties for the other team. It’s just not smart football when field position can be such a huge factor….. REAL football people who are interested in smart football players who help their teams win have consistently felt that their teams would be better off without Pollard after he shows he’s not able to avoid thoughtless penalties. That’s the reality, regardless of all the “flag football” jabs people want to make.

  80. mmcews says: Aug 9, 2013 1:20 PM

    Maybe a bit unnecessary, but man does it make me laugh that people are chomping at the bit to down the Titans when they actually probably never watch them. Hahaha, STAY CLASSY YOU GUISE!!!!!!!111111////1/111

  81. efranklin30 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:42 PM

    He was drafted by the chiefs in 2006, Gunther Cunningham was the DC…Suh was drafted in 2010 and Gunther is the DC..Any coincidence?

  82. riverhorsey says: Aug 9, 2013 1:48 PM

    Suspend the guy for Game 1 and maybe he’ll start to get it.

  83. irkjames says: Aug 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    I don’t know and don’t care about any infractions this guy commits as long as they don’t involve him putting Tom Brady out for the rest of the year again.

  84. wfmulder says: Aug 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    Waaahhhhh, he hit the guy, waaaahhhh he’s dirty, waaaaahhhh waaaaahh waaaaaaah.

    They now have waaaahmbulances at the stadiums.

    If you dont like it, dont watch it. If he hit him out of bounds flag him, if not, play to the whistle.

    Wasn’t that what we were all taught?

  85. itsfootballfolks says: Aug 9, 2013 2:52 PM

    When a dirty player like Pollard maims talented players the quality of the league suffers.

    If I were an Indy fan or player, I too would not look forward to playing twice per year against that cheap trash.

    If intentionally trying to disable opponents was the goal of old time football as some posters suggest, then I’m glad the game has evolved to what it is now. I’d like to see how Luck, RGIII and the other young QB’s develop over the years rather than seeing the likes of that classless clown take them out with deliberate, career-ending injuries.

  86. northerntanned says: Aug 9, 2013 3:45 PM

    Intimidating other players will always be part of the game. He likely was determined to take a personal foul in the game at some point to set the tone for the season. As much as I never want to see any player injured setting the tone is important and now other receivers will be looking for his number when the ball is in the air.

  87. justintuckrule says: Aug 9, 2013 5:20 PM

    Other than a penalty, lowering your helmet and slamming into the back of the receiver has no purpose
    ——–
    @workoholic – It might not have served purpose on THAT play but it will serve purpose on future plays. Maybe next time the WR will think twice, grow alligator arms and the throw will result in an interception. This is what hard-hitting defense is about. It’s about intimidation. Putting fear in offensive players. Making them think twice. Clouding their judgment. If you take away these factors, what sense is there in hitting?? This is the point….. By penalizing this conduct, Goodell has effectively changed the game. It’s that simple.

  88. pecosbob says: Aug 9, 2013 5:31 PM

    Hire Greg Williams and sign Bernard Pollard…why not bring Fat Albert Haynesworth back so he can stomp on some heads? How about bringing back Finnegan so we can watch more fistfights on the field? Why not sign Ritchie Incognito so he try to twist off a linebacker’s leg here and there? Lay down with dogs and you’ll sure wind up with fleas. The only good personnel moves the team has made in the last ten years was to hire Munchak and then Matthews, but they won’t keep them for long. Bud Adams has become the new Al Davis (the craziest owner in the NFL). When the team changes hands eventually I hope that apple falls far, far from the tree.

  89. ravensfan21 says: Aug 10, 2013 5:45 AM

    Well he was comfortable making that hit…bcuz here in Baltimore we hit hard and play dirty until u get caught….way 2 go pollard keep playing like a Raven….thats wat defense is for defending the ball dnt wanna get hit get on the other side of the ball….

  90. bighurt228 says: Aug 10, 2013 8:20 PM

    This piece of crap should have been drilled and roughed up a long time ago. It surprises me that the players themselves haven’t sent this cheap shot artist to the hospital. When I played we took care of these bush leaguers.

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