Texans' Johnson cleared, not upset about hit

Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson
Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson (Matthew Emmons / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Texans fans might be angry at former Texan Bernard Pollard, and some of Andre Johnson's teammates probably are, too.

But Johnson, speaking for the first time Friday since the high and hard sideline tackle by Pollard deep in Titans territory Sunday forced him to go through the NFL's concussion protocol, said there's nothing to be angry about.


Johnson, 32, expected to start in Baltimore on Sunday after receiving clearance from an independent doctor, doesn't believe Pollard was trying to injure him.

No malice on play

Johnson said what gave him blurred vision and a migraine was "my head (slamming) against the turf" at the end of what would be ruled a 21-yard completion at the Tennessee 2, not when the Titans safety plowed into him.

Nonetheless, the NFL fined Pollard $42,000.

"I didn't see a big deal with it," Johnson said. "It was a hit. I don't think he was intentionally trying to hurt me. Hits like that happen in the game. It's part of football. It's part of the game I signed up for. You hate to see guys get money taken away from them, but that's just how they choose to deal with it."

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