HOUSTON (AP) Andre Johnson finally had enough from Cortland Finnegan, sparking a fistfight for which both were ejected, and that could lead to further discipline from the NFL.
The Texans snapped a four-game losing streak while Johnson and Finnegan were ejected for an ugly two-man brawl in the fourth quarter of a 20-0 Houston win over Tennessee on Sunday.
Arian Foster rushed for 143 yards and caught nine passes for the Texans (5-6), who were on their way to their first shutout since 2004 when Johnson and Finnegan began slugging it out midway through the fourth quarter.
Finnegan set it off by pushing up Johnson’s face mask at the line of scrimmage. Johnson ripped off Finnegan’s helmet and landed at least two punches to Finnegan’s head and neck. Finnegan tore off Johnson’s helmet before players and referees intervened.
The game was halted for more than five minutes as officials sorted out the chaos. Johnson received a standing ovation as security guards escorted him off the field. Finnegan taunted booing fans as he exited out the opposite tunnel.
The incident came at the end of a tumultuous week for the Titans (5-6), who’ve lost four in a row.
Houston cornerback Glover Quin set a franchise record with three interceptions off Titans rookie quarterback Rusty Smith, who struggled in his first career start.
Smith replaced Houston native Vince Young, who argued with Titans coach Jeff Fisher after he was taken out of last week’s loss to Washington with a thumb injury. Young was placed on injured reserve and apologized to Fisher via text message. Young did not join his team for Sunday’s game.
Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was on the sideline calling plays after he was diagnosed with cancer this week. He’s due to start chemotherapy Monday.
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