Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard said that the $10,026 fine the NFL hit him with Friday for Monday’s dancing on the Dallas Cowboys star was “worth it,” because the play was a momentum changer for his team.
“I actually kind of expected it to be more with all the crazy fines that are going on in the league right now,” Byard said of his pick of Dak Prescott in the end zone that help turn the tide in the Titans’ 28-14 win.
Byard went to the 50-yardl line and celebrated with a dance on the Cowboys’ logo with several teammates later joining in.
“I expected it to be more than $10,000. But I feel like it was worth it. I kind of knew it was coming, but I didn't know the amount. I thought it was going to be more. ... But I felt like it was worth it. It was a momentum changer. If it was $10,000 it was worth it, because I'll make that up on the back end.”
Titans coach Mike Vrabel, though, made his point clear to Byard after the game and to the media that such things have no place in the Titans organization as long as he is head coach.
“That’s not what we want as an organization, that’s not what I want as a head coach. I want our guys to play as hard as they possibly can for each other, between the whistle, as physical, and as aggressive, and as clean as they possibly can,” Vrabel said. “I get that there’s things that go across the line between the whistles. Once the whistle blows, celebrate with a teammate. Find somebody else in a Titans uniform, find a coach, and celebrate with them. But, we don’t need to do that. That’s not what we want to do.”
Byard and the Titans face a big challenge at home Sunday against the New England Patriots (7-2), who eliminated Tennessee from the postseason a year ago.
“Knowing Tom Brady, knowing the Patriots and the game plan, I think the coaches are doing a great job of preparing us for any and everything we can get throughout the game, being able to go back two years ago and watch film and stuff like that. I think we're well prepared,” Byard said.
The Titans will be without right tackle Jack Conklin, who was ruled out of Sunday's game as he is still in the league's concussion protocol.
Linebacker Derrick Morgan, safety Dane Cruikshank and receiver Taywan Taylor were also out of Friday's practice. Receiver Tajae Sharpe, who has been bothered by an ankle injury, indicated that he will play Sunday vs. the Patriots.