Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a sprained MCL when he was hit in the knee by Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon on a play that Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt objected to a “bulls— football.”
Vernon was flagged for roughing the passer on the play under the rules barring defensive players for diving at the knees of a quarterback and the defensive end says the league has weighed in as well. Vernon said Wednesday that he has been fined by the league for the hit and that he plans to appeal the fine.
Vernon said he wasn’t a dirty player after the game and took to Twitter to send the same message. He reiterated it again on Wednesday.
“Nobody tries to play the game to hurt somebody,” Vernon said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “That’s definitely not my game.”
Vernon may not have intended to injure Mariota, but the low hit happened and that was enough for the league to hand down discipline.