Taylor Lewan had a reputation at Michigan as a tough guy. The Titans saw part of that reputation on full display last Friday night when the the rookie was flagged twice for personal fouls against the New Orleans Saints.
This week Lewan was fined $8200 by the league office for those penalties.
Speaking with the media following practice on Thursday, Lewan talked about his first fine as an NFL player.
"Yeah, I got fined for that and I was not super-thrilled to be honest,'' Lewan said on Thursday. "I know it happens, but it's not the way you want to spend your money. ... I obviously did it the wrong way. I didn't want to get a flag, didn't want to hurt the team."
Lewan's first penalty came in the second quarter when he and Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks became involved in a shoving match following a play. After being shoved in the back by Hicks, Lewan retaliated by shoving Hicks in the chest. Unfortunately for Lewan, his hands went upward, striking Hicks facemask and drawing the penalty.
"It was petty, it was not very mature of me to do,'' Lewan said. "But it was one of those heat-of-the moment things you have to be smart about."
Lewan drew the second penalty later in the game when he grabbed the facemask of defensive end Cam Jordan, who had beaten Lewan on the play.
"I just got beat on that play,'' Lewan said. "It was bad technique by me. And I'd rather get a penalty on myself than get a quarterback hurt."