The NFL has ruled that Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson will NOT be fined by the league after taunting Dolphins QB Trent Green after he knocked him out with a knee to the head. The QB suffered a severe concussion after he went low to block Johnson, and the DE flipped over on the hit. Johnson got up, but Green stayed down, and that’s when he taunted Green as he felt the QB was trying to injure him on the play. Travis was penalized on the play, and in the post game coach Gary Kubiak rebuked Johnson for doing what he did.
Johnson in the same post game didn’t back down, and stated “At 12:01, I had a lot of respect for Trent Green. At about 12:20, I said, ‘(Forget) Trent Green,’ because the bottom line is it was a malicious hit,” Johnson said. “It was uncalled for. He’s like the scarecrow. He wanted to get courage while I wasn’t looking and hit me in my knee instead of trying to hit me in my head.” NFL Director of Football Operations Gene Washington passed down word that Johnson would not take a pocketbook hit for the taunts. “Washington determined that Johnson’s taunting penalty did not warrant a fine,” Greg Aiello, the league’s senior vice president of public relations, said Tuesday. “The player was upset about what he thought was an illegal block. Gene did not believe he deserved to be fined.”
The DE suffered a bruised knee on the play. As for Green, he is out for the foreseeable future for Miami, and there is even talk that with the latest concussion that his career may be over.