NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans running back Jackie Battle on Friday became the first NFL player fined under a new rule aimed at eliminating collisions when a player hits with the crown of his helmet.
The play in question was a hit he delivered to Houston safety Danieal Manning in the Titans' overtime loss to the Texans. The amount of the fine wasn't immediately known.
"It completely surprised me," Battle told The Midday 180 in Nashville of being informed by the NFL. "I'm a power back. I've been running like this my whole career. So yeah, it completely caught me off guard. Total surprise."
"I'm definitely not going to change the way I play the game," Battle said. "I don't intentionally try to hurt anybody. I'm still going to run the ball strong, physical, the way I've done my whole career. ... If I wouldn't have gotten as low as he did, he would have potentially hit me in the knees coming full speed. So in a way, I'm kind of protecting myself. It's either me or him.
"If he gets down low, I've got to get down as low as the defender. That's kind of what happened. I think potentially guys are going to stop wanting to hit up high and you're going to see guys just take people's knees out. And you're going to see a bunch of ACLs, MCLs, PCLs, a bunch of knee injuries."
Two other Titans were fined for plays in the Houston game. Safety Bernard Pollard was fined $42,000 for a hit on receiver Andre Johnson, and center Rob Turner was fined $10,000 for a peel-back block on J.J. Watt.