Johnathan Joseph: Annual dinner bill prank a way for rookies to 'earn their stripes'

HOUSTON -- The Texans' secondary let rookie safety KJ Dillon sweat a little bit on Monday night, when he thought he was responsible for the group's dinner bill of more than $16,200.

At a dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse on Monday with the Texans' secondary, Dillon was initially told he was responsible for picking up the tab. Dillon posted a photo of the bill to social media, along with the caption, "when you get left with the tab ..."

He later deleted the tweet.

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said that's a prank they pull on the rookies every year, letting them "earn their stripes." The veterans quickly rescued Dillon and chipped in on the bill.

Joseph said he remembers being a rookie and how the veterans on his team wouldn't have actually let him pay the dinner bill.

Dillon, the Texans' fifth-round draft pick, is on injured reserve, after he tore his ACL in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. He is the only rookie in Houston's secondary.

Joseph said the dinner is a huge bonding experience for the secondary, which does a holiday meal every year. The dinner includes a big white elephant gift exchange, where every player has a $1,000 limit for one gift. Joseph said there was a big range of gifts this year, including nice bags and backpacks.