Houston (CBS Houston) – In the third quarter of Sunday’s 17-6 win over Washington, Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger was flagged for roughing the passer after a hit on Robert Griffin III. Swearinger appeared to hit Griffin in the chest, but it still drew a flag from officials.
“It’s one of those plays that they know that’s 36. Everyone knows about D.J. (Swearinger),” Texans safety Danieal Manning told SportsRadio 610. “He had the stuff with Peyton (Manning) and all that crap. If you haven’t been under a rock, you watch Hard Knocks. He’s kind of been targeted. I think they are going to err on the side of foul with D.J., but I think that was a clean play.”
Swearinger said he thought it was a clean hit and doesn’t plan on changing the way he plays.
“It is what it is. Whether it’s fair on not, I’m going to play ball the way I’ve been doing it. It’s not going to change,” Swearinger said. “I’m just going to play ball the way I know how, if there’s a target on my back it is what it is.”
If Swearinger wasn’t flagged, Washington would have been forced to kick a field goal. But on the first play after the penalty, J.J. Watt recovered a fumble from RG III.
“The ball doesn’t lie,” Swearinger said after the game.
Even some of Washington’s players didn’t think it was an illegal hit.
“Maybe we should start reviewing those types of hits,” Brian Orakpo said. “Because those are real momentum type plays. Maybe we should review them and see where the target initially is.”
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