Putting the Duane Brown punch to rest

November, 4, 2011
11/04/11
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Houston left tackle Duane Brown's sideline "interaction" with Jaguars linebacker Clint Session last Sunday created a lot of debate here at the AFC South blog. (Catch up here and here.)

The league has now officially chimed in, proclaiming Brown's action a punch.

Here's what a league spokesman wrote me:
"Duane Brown was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. Specifically, on a pass play, he unnecessarily punched the opponent."

Yes, the play in question -- a strip sack by Session of Matt Schaub that resulted in a two-lateral return with the ball in Session's hands at the end -- is identified as a pass play, as Schaub intended to pass.

And thus ends our mini-punchgate.

Carry on.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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