Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan said Wednesday that he will seek out Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson on the field before Sunday's game and offer an apology for the fight that erupted three weeks ago between them.
“Definitely, I'm going to try to speak to him before the game. I'm gonna apologize, regardless of if he wants to or not,” Finnegan said.
Finnegan went aggressively after Johnson off the line of scrimmage during the Texans' 20-0 win over the Titans back in Houston on Nov. 28. Johnson then erupted, knocking Finnegan's helmet off, with Finnegan grabbing Johnson's helmet and ripping it off his head as well. Johnson landed three punches before the melee was broken up. Both players were ejected and fined $25,000 by the NFL the next day.
“I think he will (apologize). He's a stand-up guy from all I hear, from what the announcers said after our incident. I'd assumed we'd apologize and just squash it,” Finnegan said.
Finnegan said he will approach Johnson the same way he does any other receiver on Sunday and that his focus will be on helping the Titans end their six-game losing streak.
“I'm not going to approach him any differently than any receiver. The quick jam will probably be out of the mix,” Finnegan said. “Other than that, I look forward to just a football game. We haven't won in a long time, and I think being selfish - by any stretch of the imagination - is not helping the football team. I'm just gonna go play football.”