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August 21, 2012

Harris doesn't blame Jammer for 'good hit,' says it's the result of competitiveness

Dwayne Harris said he doesn’t blame Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer for laying him out with a hit at the goal line in Tuesday’s practice at Chargers Park.

Harris had caught a ball toward the sideline, and turned as he fell to the goal line. Jammer put a shot on him under the chin that popped his helmet off and sent the Cowboys receiver flying.

Players from both sides crowded around them, and several players hollered at each other. DeMarco Murray of the Cowboys was noticeably angry.

“It was a good hit. He caught me right in the chin,” Harris said. "Face still hurts a little bit. But you know, I’ll get a little ice on it. I’ll be OK.”

Harris said the hit was the result of competitiveness. Jammer said he didn’t want Harris to score.

“He was trying to make a play, just like i was,” Harris said. “Everybody else was out there. I don’t blame him for it. He’s a competitor. It’s football. You’re going to take hits. You need to get up, go to the next play.”

But the play went a little farther than the coaches on either side wanted.

”You don’t want guys getting tackled. You don’t want guys going to the ground,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “But again, you want guys competing at the ball. You want contested catches. So there’s a fine line there.”

The play came moments after another fight between Cowboys tight end Andrew Szczerba and Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram. Chargers safety Atari Bigby was upset after that fight, gesturing at Cowboys guard Ronald Leary.

Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree also got into a shouting match during the first skirmish and had to be ordered back to the huddle by receivers coach Jimmy Robinson.

So, exciting day.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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