Brown: ‘Got to keep the team in mind’

Brown: ‘Got to keep the team in mind’
August 23, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Duane Brown surprised by holding call

Duane Brown makes a living battling defensive linemen and sometimes they aren’t so nice.

He was on the sideline when Texans defensive end Antonio Smith got into a scuffle with Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito. Smith was suspended for the rest of the preseason and the first game of the season for ripping off Incognito’s helmet and swinging it at him.

“You’ve got to keep the team in mind and it’s tough. It’s very tough,” Brown said. “This is a violent game, controlled violence out there and everyone is a competitor. Everyone’s adrenaline is going. Everyone is prideful out there. You never want someone to get the better of you. You never want someone to take a shot at you and, if they do, then you have to keep the team and the game in mind, and not ever try to feel like you have to get back at them in that moment.

“You’ll have your chance. You’ll always have your chance, but between the whistles and legally. It’s just hard to try to keep that cool and I manage to do it, but some people can’t at all times.”

Smith and Incognito mixed it up during the regular season in 2012. That scuffle led to a $21,000 fine for Smith after he kicked Incognito. There was already bad blood when Saturday night’s game started.

Brown said he has guys like that on other teams, guys he generally doesn’t like. He wouldn’t name names but said it’s important to remain professional and put the team first.

Brown said he met Incognito at the Pro Bowl. Brown said Incognito is a “good player” and a “nice guy.” But Incognito has a reputation in the NFL as being a player who’s very good at getting under his opponent’s skin.

But is Incognito dirty?  

“It’s not my place to say that,” Brown said. “I would say he plays hard. I’m not a defensive linemen, so I don’t go against him. Everyone has something here or there where you take a shot or someone takes a shot at you. I don’t want to call him a dirty play. He’s just intense. I’ll say that.”