Posted October 02, 2012

Texans accuse David Stewart of ‘dirty’ tactics on Titans offensive line

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Several Texans accused Titans tackle David Stewart of playing dirty during the Texans’ 38-14 win Sunday. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Several members of the Houston Texans alleged that Tennessee Titans offensive tackle David Stewart played “dirty” on Sunday, claiming that, among other things, he pulled on linebacker Brooks Reed’s hair.

The Houston Chronicle rounded up reactions from the Texans’ defense. First, from defensive end Antonio Smith:

“I saw some things I’ve never seen before. I saw him try to pull [Reed’s] hair out, tried to ride somebody’s back, which I thought was kind of funny, actually.”

Next, from outside linebacker Connor Barwin:

“Everybody will say it — he’s a dirty player. He threw a punch at me. He threw a punch at Brooks [Reed].”

Safety Danieal Manning, meanwhile, said he saw Stewart “knee” cornerback Johnathan Joseph:

“One play, I saw J-Joe [ Joseph] making a tackle, and [Stewart] was around the pile, and he was trying to help [running back] Chris Johnson up,” said safety Danieal Manning. “J-Joe was down. He was kneeing J-Joe, and I said, ‘This guy’s crazy.’”

The Texans blew out the Titans 38-14 in the contest, pushing their record to a perfect 4-0. The Titans, meanwhile, fell to 1-3.


1 comments
its419
its419

I'm not sure about the other things, and I didn't watch this game. But having watched Polamalu play for many years now, having your hair pulled is a risk you take when you wear it outside your helmet. As far as I've seen, I can't recall it ever being a penalty. It's a legal way of making a tackle.