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Taylor Lewan Critical of Himself Because of Penalties


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is known for his aggressive nature on the football field.

Following Sunday's loss to the Bills, Lewan turned his aggression on himself. He's upset after being flagged three times in the team's 14-13 loss. He was flagged twice for illegal hands to the face, and once for a hold.

"We cannot have that. It is obviously not intentional. I am going to keep saying that. But I need to fix that,'' Lewan said. "That is my biggest fault right now as a football player, and people are going to be looking for it, and people are going to be calling me out. I have to get on my Ps and Qs and I need to fix that stuff.

"I am really sorry. I am sorry to the fans, I am sorry to my team, I am sorry to these coaches and I am sorry to my friends."

Lewan even went to Twitter after the game to issue an apology.

Lewan wrote: "I need to hold up my end of this thing and cannot hurt this team with penalties. I'm sorry to my teammates coaches and fans #NoBadDays"

One of the illegal use of hands calls against Lewan was declined because the Bills recorded a sack on the play.

"We ended up getting 1st and 10s off those penalties, but it is still no excuse,'' he said. "Everyone needs to be responsible for his actions, and as a leader on this team I cannot have those penalties.

"It's driving me crazy," said Lewan, who has been whistled four times for illegal use of hands in four games. "If I don't play like I'm supposed to and I keep putting my hands in peoples' faces, it's going to seriously affect this team. I don't want to be a guy that hurts this team. I want to help turn this team around."

Another issue for Lewan: his left shoulder.

Lewan left Sunday's game in pain because of the shoulder. He returned, only to leave again.

"I am going to keep playing until I can't,'' he said. "It's just happening over and over and over again during the game and it keeps getting worse. I just have to be able to play 60 minutes of football. I need to fix it."


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