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The NFL had an interesting Sunday wherein one coach left the field in Tampa Bay with a broken bone and torn ligament, and two other head coaches got physical with one-another following the game in Detroit.
When San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh went for a postgame handshake with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, the victorious Harbaugh slapped Schwartz on the back with his free hand. AP reports that Schwartz didn't like what was done or said - claiming he heard an expletive - and went charging after Harbaugh. Fox video of the altercation:
San Francisco left Detroit with a 25-19 victory, and in postgame interviews Harbaugh took the blame for the ugly scene.
"That's totally on me," Harbaugh said. "I shook his hand too hard."
"I went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way," Schwartz said. "I didn't expect an obscenity at that point. Obviously, when you win a game like that, you are excited, but there is a protocol that goes with this league."
While those watching the game in Detroit perhaps thought one coach could have left with broken bones, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tore the MCL in his leg and sustained a fractured tibia during a sideline collision in Tampa Bay. During the first quarter of the game, Payton was knocked hard to the ground after a collision with New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham.
"I had a couple of guys on me. ... Next thing I know I'm rolling up under Sean, I'm looking up at Sean and he's on the ground," Graham said to AP.
Payton got his left leg caught under Graham as he was tackled on the sideline, suffering a torn ligament and a broken bone. The Saints were not able to hold off the Tampa Bay Bucs without Payton at full strength, as New Orleans would lose away 26-20.
"I talked to him and said 'My bad,' Graham said. "He said 'No, it's not your fault. You're the one fighting for the first down.'"
Payton will have surgery on the knee Monday and will begin rehabilitation.
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