Bernard Pollard can probably be expecting to hear from the league office again this week.
For the second time in three games, Pollard was whistled for a 15-yard personal foul penalty, this one coming for an unnecessary roughness call for a hit on Julio Jones in Saturday night's 27-16 Tennessee Titans' victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Pollard got another unnecessary roughness flag two weeks ago against the Washington Redskins and was fined $10,000 for the infraction.
“I play football. I didn't go at his head. I didn't hit his head at all. I nipped his shoulder pad, and if that's what they feel they need to make a call … we can't stop playing football," Pollard said. "We can't; this is a man's game. I'm not gonna allow guys that have never played the game to dictate what I do on the field. Our job as defenders is to protect the grass behind us, and we are to fight no matter what.
“They had guys hitting. They had guys trying to pull helmets off, and at the same time, I'm not gonna allow them to dictate my game. I understand that it could be dirty or whatever, that players can be dirty. But the Tennessee Titans defense, we're gonna hit you.”
Pollard was asked about the call, and replied, “I'm not gonna argue. I can tell you my opinion, but at the end of the day, it's not gonna change nothing. We're here to play defense. We did a great job of that tonight. We have to let that roll over into the next week and into the regular season.”
Asked what his opinion would be, Pollard had his own way of getting his point across.
“You don't want to hear that right now, because I ain't trying to give them any more money than I have to,” Pollard said.
At long last, rookie center Brian Schwenkie made his Tennessee Titans debut on Saturday night.
Schwenkie came in in the third quarter against
“I fee like I played pretty well, and it was a good first day,” said the fourth-round pick from California. “I was nervous at the beginning of the game, but it went away by the time I got in there.”
Schwenkie played in relief of Rob Turner, who got his second start in three games at center, while other center candidates – Fernando Velasco and Chris Spencer both played guard with the second team.
Receiver Nate Washington left the game at halftime with a right foot injury that he said is not serious.
“I'm all right. I doubt (I'll miss any time). If I do, it'll just be because they're holding me out,” Washington said.
Running back Shonn Greene also was held out of the second half with an ankle injury that Coach Mike Munchak said was not serious.