Tennessee Titans accuse Dolphins DE Olivier Vernon of dirty play

The Tennessee Titans accused Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon of attempting to injure Marcus Mariota. 
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Tennessee Titans coach Ken Wisenhunt and offensive lineman Taylor Lewan both accused Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon of dirty play Sunday.

Vernon was flagged for two personal fouls in the Dolphins’ 38–10 win over the Titans, both coming after late hits on quarterback Marcus Mariota. The first flag was called after Vernon hit Mariota in his left knee after a pass attempt. Mariota was attended to by trainers before remaining in the game. Lewan and Vernon also exchanged words after the play.

Lewan described the play as “f---ing bulls---” after the game, saying it could have jeopardized Mariota’s career. Wisenhunt said Vernon deliberately tried hurting Mariota.

“I think it was done with the idea of trying to hurt our quarterback,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s bulls--t football.”

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Vernon told the Dolphins media he was not a dirty player.

The Dolphins recorded six sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in their win over the Titans. The win came in the debut of interim coach Dan Campbell.

- Rohan Nadkarni