Texans: David Stewart played 'dirty'
Multiple members of the Texans' defense told the Houston Chronicle that Stewart used "dirty" tactics, claiming that he attempted to pull Brooks Reed's hair and threw punches throughout the contest.
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"I saw some things I've never seen before," Texans defensive end Antonio Smith told the Chronicle. "I saw him try to pull (Reed's) hair out, tried to ride somebody's back, which I thought was kind of funny, actually."
"He's like Incognito," Barwin told the Chronicle. "Everybody will say it -- (Stewart) is a dirty player. He threw a punch at me. He threw a punch at Brooks."
"One play, I saw (Joseph) making a tackle, and (Stewart) was around the pile, and he was trying to help (Titans running back) Chris Johnson up," Manning told the paper. "(Joseph) was down. He was kneeing (Joseph), and I said, 'This guy's crazy.'"
Smith stated, however, that Stewart's play helped motivate the Texans during their 38-14 victory.
"When he started doing all that, that spark happened," Smith said. "Everybody started making plays, so it kind of worked against them."
"It was chippy all day on both sides," Hasselbeck said. "I saw people punch (Stewart) in the face, and there was no handkerchief. I don't know what to say. I guess his reputation got him."
Watt recorded a pair of sacks in the contest, increasing his league-leading total to 7½, and forced a fumble.
"(Watt) is not anything special," Harris told the paper. "He's just persistent at what he does. And if you use bad technique, he'll exploit. I locked him down most the game, except those two plays (sacks)."