Packers salty about Texans’ Lonnie Johnson

AP

When Texans coach Bill O’Brien removed cornerback Lonnie Johnson from yesterday’s joint practice with the Packers, he described it as “not a big deal.”

The Packers apparently do not agree.

Several players were upset after Johnson’s big hits in practice and a scuffle broke out at one point, after Johnson stood over Packers tight end Jace Sternberger and flexed.

That was unnecessary,” Packers wide receiver Davante Adams said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “You’ve got plenty of time for that. You can do it in the games and you get fined. Be a coward when you do stuff like that in practice, it’s not a good look. We take care of each other up here. I don’t know how they practice, I don’t know what they do over there, but there’s consequences for stuff like that. . . .

“It’s a brotherhood across the league, period. I had plenty of times where I could take somebody out but I decided not to because I felt like that’s not the appropriate thing to do when we’re trying to get better and look out for one another.”

Sternberger was checked for a concussion and returned to practice. Johnson later drilled Packers returner Trevor Davis during special teams work, which was the one which got him sent to the showers.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur admitted he was displeased in clipped terms, and went into more detail with his players.

“He was clear with us, and we were clear with him: If they started taking shots on our players, then we’re not just going to stand there,” guard Billy Turner said. “We’re not punks by any means, and that’s what happened. So we were men of our word, just like he was a man of his word.”

The two teams are working together again today, and you can expect LaFleur and O’Brien to have a chat beforehand to make sure everyone knows what’s expected, and what isn’t.

35 responses to “Packers salty about Texans’ Lonnie Johnson

  1. “It’s a brotherhood”

    God, all these guys care about is money, and hugging each other before and after games. Give me a guy like Johnson all day.

  2. There’s always one team trying to bully the other when it’s not supposed to be full contact. If I was on the packers then I would hit Watt to prove a point. This would not happen if I was on the team

  3. What a punk. Good way to put an X on your back during the regular season, and get yourself a real nice injury to go along with it. They must’ve taught O’Brien that at Penn State. Don’t worry about it. It’s not a big deal!

  4. I can ASSURE you…this is all Bill O’Brien. To Matt LaFleur he’s all “Let’s take it easy out there stay clean”.

    Turns around to his players: “Bounty Gate 2, ladies.”

    He’s a shady loser.

  5. “Salty” seems like a poor word to use here…… “upset” that a rookie and another player was not able to return during no contact drills from hits. Seems more logical.

  6. It was unnecessary and a bush-league thing to do. Johnson just put a mark on his own back. If he is on the team whenever the Texans and Packers meet he better have his head on a swivel or he may be picking it up later.

  7. The Texans got owned yesterday all practice long and cheap shots is the only way desperate players feel that they can get noticed.

    Both the hits were flagged and would have been a fine during the regular season. To be doing that in practice is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Lonnie Johnson is a coward as Davante stated. The Packers will always have each others back. You saw the full team immediately rush the field when Jace was hit like that. Missed in this is that Jace Sternberger caught and held on to the ball.

    It was a good spirited practice otherwise and more of the same will be had starting at 10:15 today.

    Packers RG Billy Turner was asked if he expects more dirty play by the Texans today:

    “I’m not going to say I expect it, but, again, I’m going to protect my teammates at any cost.”

    #TitleTown

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  8. Vikings fan/stalker:

    “Look at me, look at me! I want to be associated with you and be thought of as your rival so bad! Please stop talking about the Texans. I will make tons of posts today to desperately try and get your attention back. I need you guys. You are my whole life!”

  9. This incident highlights a problem with today’s NFL. If your advantage in making the roster is that you can hit, when are you supposed to get to show the coaching staff? Surely not in practice these days. So you finally go against someone on another team and you can’t hit them either.

  10. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    August 6, 2019 at 10:11 am
    What a shock.
    Packer fans and players complaining about tackling/dirty hits.

    As opposed to Vikings fans complaining about the refs stealing literally every game they don’t win.

  11. If your advantage in making the roster is that you can hit, when are you supposed to get to show the coaching staff?
    >>>><<<<<<<
    How about this Thursday night in the preseason game? It was bush league to punk a player in a non-tackling practice.

  12. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 6, 2019 at 7:51 am

    The Texans didn’t get the memo about how the Packers don’t like playing actual football. Then they whine to the media when somebody makes a tackle against them. Welcome to Wisconsin.
    __________

    I realize that you are a Barney and it may be difficult for you to understand some of this, so I’ll try and explain it to you like a child, o.k.?

    The Packer and Texans were having a joint practice, with predetermined, mutually agreed upon terms that there would be no tackling, with light contact.

    Lonnie Johnson, saw an opportunity to circumvent that agreement and light up Packer TE, Jace Sternberger, separating the helmet from player, and then proceeded to stand over his prone body and flex.
    Which, quite understandably, caused a slight skirmish between the two teams.

    Johnson, who’s practice was cut short due to several of his own actions, wouldn’t answer questions after, but took to twitter yammering on about not wanting to hurt anyone, just looking to be great, or something to that effect.
    Well, Lonnie, you weren’t.
    Even during a full contact game you would have drawn two costly penalties for your team on that play, one for the illegal hit and another for the taunt, and you probably would have accrued a nice hefty fine for yourself.
    Putting a target on your back as a cheapshot artist does not make one great.
    Aggressive, tactical play and hustle does.

    Sternberger, after being checked out for a concussion, to his credit, downplayed the situation by saying after practice that it was “just football.”
    No matter how you slice it, the play and player are bush league.

    I don’t necessarily expect any extracurricular activities in today’s practice, but it just may put Thursday night’s game into a little more interesting light.

  13. The Texans didn’t get the memo about how the Packers don’t like playing actual football.
    ——
    And apparently Viking fans didn’t get the memo about how training camp and joint practices work.

  14. If it was agreed upon before practice to not hit, then he should be tossed. Sometimes teams want to step through some things for clean up.
    If no agreement was mentioned, then the hits were ok.
    Since O’Brien tossed him from practice, I would imagine that it was to not hit.

  15. If your advantage in making the roster is that you can hit, when are you supposed to get to show the coaching staff?
    —–
    Preseason

  16. Will be interesting to see if there are any fights today. Maybe a local Packer fan kid will give Johnson a defective bike — or offer him a trike.

  17. Johnson posted a pic of him flexing (along with some smack talk) on IG as well. $10 says he gets plastered Thursday night.

  18. I’m a Texans fan, but Wafflestomp nailed it above.

    It was a no-tackling, light contact drill by MUTUAL agreement. If your guys won’t adhere to it, you’re just taking cheap shots. Standing over the guy AFTER taking said cheap shot is just asking for trouble.

    Quite frankly, the Texans roster isn’t deep enough to survive much in the way of retaliation.

  19. “I would imagine that it was not to hit.”

    ====

    Hitting goes on in practice. Guys are going full and poppin’ pads on the lines and elsewhere. During non-tackling periods of practice you don’t tackle a player to the ground, but you can “thud” him which is a hit with no tackle to the ground. If a player falls down it is not a problem.

    Lonnie Johnson made a illegal hit not by just practice rules, but by the NFL rules and it was a penalty and would have resulted in a ejection and a fine in a regular season game.

    The person trying to say “The Packers are soft” is actually a coward themself. Hiding behind a screen and when asked said they “aren’t allowed to travel” to Lambeau Field. Fear.👌

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊

  20. Minneanderthals says:
    August 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

    As opposed to Vikings fans complaining about the refs stealing literally every game they don’t win
    ——
    Really?
    You mean like the roughing the passer call on Cousins packer fans cried about?

  21. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    August 6, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    Minneanderthals says:
    August 6, 2019 at 10:23 am

    As opposed to Vikings fans complaining about the refs stealing literally every game they don’t win
    ——
    Really?
    You mean like the roughing the passer call on Cousins packer fans cried about?
    ____________

    Guaranteed, we will all hear a chorus of Barneys squealing about ‘holding on every play’ during the run-up week before the Packer/Viking game.
    You can set your watch by it.

  22. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    August 6, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Really?
    You mean like the roughing the passer call on Cousins packer fans cried about?

    __

    No, the 4 Superbowl losses the Vike fans are still blubbering about.

  23. Packers play a preseason contest against the Texans Thursday. I’d let Manny Wilkins “overthrow” Marcedes Lewis right into young Mr. Johnson’s hands and then let Marcedes lay him out. Congrats kid – you wanted to make a highlight reel.

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