Houston Texans rookie CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. decided to lay the pipe on some Green Bay Packers players during their joint practice, you know, thinking in the NFL it would get you some love from coaches. It did the opposite, he got kicked out.
While at first it seemed as if this was the softest news we’ve ever gotten from the NFL, it turns out to be kind of a dirty move. The Packers were hosting the Texans for a NON-TACKLING joint practice. Meanwhile, Lonnie Johnson was trying to knock people out. Oh, what makes it worse? He was proud and posting about it on social media (see below).
Source (USA Today) – Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien kicked his rookie cornerback off the joint-practice field Monday for being too physical after the second-round pick issued a pair of big hits during what was supposed to be a non-tackling session.
Johnson first laid the boom on Packers rookie tight end Jace Sternberger, whose helmet flew off. He had to be evaluated for a concussion but returned to the field.
Receiver Trevor Davis wasn’t so lucky. Johnson sent him to the ground on a kickoff return, and that prompted O’Brien to send the University of Kentucky product to the locker room for an early shower after what O’Brien deemed “not a big deal.”
It was rookie on rookie crime, Packers TE Jace Sternberger was hit hard by Texans CB Lonnie Johnson and then flexed over him.pic.twitter.com/iIXxfBzWzY
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 5, 2019
Not trying to hurt nobody just wanna be great ???? https://t.co/tv734EE9TH
— Lonnie Johnson jr. (@Lonnie30johnson) August 5, 2019
Looks like Lonnie Johnson doesn’t really care what the rules are, or that this was suppose to be non-contact as he is knocking people out.