Not long after Colin McCarthy ambled down the sideline with a 49-yard pick six in Sunday's blowout of the Miami Dolphins, he got "Richied."
Didn't happen on the return, of course, but seven plays later at the end of a 14-yard run by Daniel Thomas to the Titans' 14.
While Dolphins left guard Richie Incognito tried to say he "thought the play was still going on" and merely "gave the guy a shove," McCarthy had a different take on getting the back of his helmet shoved into the turf.
"That was kind of dirty," said McCarthy, the former star linebacker at the University of Miami. "Obviously he got flagged for it [15 yards for unnecessary roughness], which was nice to see. I don't know what his intentions were, but that's on him."
Did McCarthy, who came back from an apparent ankle injury in the first quarter, say anything to Incognito as the flags flew?
"I just said it was dirty," McCarthy said. "We're trying to play football. Obviously, it was a stupid play. They had a first down on the play and that forced them into first and 25. It was a big play in the game, and we’ll take it."
Incognito last week was named the NFL's second-dirtiest player (behind Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh) in a Sporting News poll of NFL players. To his credit, Incognito accepted blame for the foul and did not fault the coaching staff for briefly yanking him from the game in favor of Nate Garner.
"It was a dumb penalty," Incognito said. "It definitely hurt the team. It pushed us out of points. It was a mistake on my part."
The Dolphins wound up settling for a 40-yard Dan Carpenter field goal and a 21-3 deficit.
As for the benching, Incognito would not say what Dolphins coach Joe Philbin told him.
"I made a mistake," Incognito said, "and he wanted to address it right then and there, and it was handled."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times