There were a couple of times that little skirmishes broke out in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
First, safety Bernard Pollard had 49ers tackle Joe Staley by the throat on a play near the San Francisco sideline that erupted in plenty of pushing a shoving, but no penalties.
That little battle ensued after Pollard thought he had recovered a fumble on a pass that was ruled incomplete. Pollard said he got hit on the play.
“When that ball came out, they blew the ball dead, and the next thing I know I've got somebody tackling me. If we were to do that, if we were to do that, we wonder what it would have been like. I'm the type of player where I don't take no bullcrap. We want this thing to be fair, and we've got to fight for what's ours,” Pollard said.
A second incident occurred on Tennessee's final TD drive when Kenny Britt shoved Tarell Brown following Brown's pass interference call. Britt not flagged there, but when Locker threw a high pass that Britt tried to go up and catch, Brown responded with a hard hit. Britt then retaliated and drew a 15-yard penalty.
When the game was over, Britt sat for a few moments alone on the Titans bench while everyone else shook hands with the 49ers.
After the game, Britt politely declined comment to the media. He had one catch for eight yards, the interference call and the incompletion.
Teammate Delanie Walker, a former 49er, was not happy with that display, however.
“You can't lose your mind out there because we were losing the game,” Walker said. “We were trying to get back in the game and we're out there fighting with them. That's what they wanted us to do. They want to get us out of the game when we are getting the momentum. Just nonsense. That's unprofessional and we don't need to put that on film.”
Brian Schwenkie made his NFL debut Sunday, and
"There's things I need to work on, but as far as the run game goes, I was pretty happy with how I did," the rookie from California said. "On those third-down situations, I've got to get better and learn from it obviously."
Safety Michael Griffin suffered a hip flexor injury in the second half and did not return to the game. Ropati Pitoitua had a calf injury, but managed to return to the contest.