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Rookie Sent to Showers After Cheap Hits In Practice
Jason Owens,Yahoo Sports•August 5, 2019
If Houston Texans rookie cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. wanted to make an impression during practice Monday, then mission accomplished.
During an inter-squad session with Green Bay, Johnson, a second-round draft pick, reportedly leveled Jace Sternberger with a hit that separated the Packers’ rookie tight end from his helmet.
After the hit, Johnson stood over Sternberger and flexed, prompting Packers players to rush to confront Johnson on the field.
The practice was designated as a non-tackling session.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that, “It was time for Lonnie to head to the showers,” while calling the hit “not a big deal.”Sternberger’s teammates begged to differ.
Packers tight end Jimmy Graham chided Johnson for bringing the “hit stick” to a practice session, calling the play “ridiculous”
"Obviously he's a rookie, and he needs to know you can't be hitting guys live in practice,” Graham said. “That's absolutely ridiculous. And we're not going to stand for that here, obviously.
“I know his older guys over there are going to be on him about it because my young guy's just running through a zone, obviously. Just run by him. We know you're going to blow him up in a game. This isn't a game.”