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After Texans called him dirty, NFL fines David Stewart $7,875

David Stewart, Antonio Smith

Officials break up a skirmish between players including Tennessee Titans’ David Stewart, left, and Houston Texans’ Antonio Smith (94) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


After Sunday’s Titans-Texans game, several Houston players complained that Tennessee guard David Stewart was playing dirty. Looking over the tape, the league office found one play on which it agreed.

The NFL has confirmed that Stewart was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for a play on which he unnecessarily struck a Texans player in the head area.

The Texans think that’s a slap on the wrist for what Stewart did. Two different Houston players said Stewart threw multiple punches during the game, and the Texans also accused Stewart of pulling linebacker Brooks Reed’s hair. Texans safety Danieal Manning told the Houston Chronicle that Stewart “should have been fined four times. Justice was not done.”

But as justice in the NFL goes, $7,875 is the standard fine for unnecessary roughness, and that’s all the NFL saw.