The Miami Dolphins came out firing in Dan Campbell's debut as interim head coach against the Tennessee Titans. They ran the ball with a great deal of success, while they also got after the quarterback, sacking Marcus Mariota five times.
Along with those sacks, Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon has taken some heat for a controversial low hit on Mariota that the Titans weren't thrilled with. Mariota didn't miss any time, but he was visibly in pain as it impacted his play.
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Vernon, however, insists that he didn't intend to hurt Mariota, and that he's not a dirty player. He sent get wishes to Mariota via Twitter on Sunday.
Vernon also commented on the play after the game, echoing the same thoughts.
"I know one thing: It wasn't intentional," Vernon said via James Walker of ESPN. "I've never been a dirty player in my whole career. Nobody tries to get personal fouls. I know one thing, they are expensive."
Unfortunately for Vernon, intent isn't part of the equation when it comes to fines. The hit will likely be reviewed by the NFL, with a fine possibly coming Vernon's way. At the very least, it was a kind gesture by Vernon.