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November 12, 2012

Special teams vet Frampton says it was right place, right time for fumble recovery, but not recommended

Eric Frampton made a big recovery when Lance Dunbar fumbled a kickoff return in the third quarter.

It was a matter of right place, right time for the veteran special teams player – but not necessarily because he did everything by the book, he said.

“If you talk to a coach, it’s probably not a recommended position to be in,” Frampton said. “You know, if there’s a guy running free, you turn and get the next guy. For some reason, I just overcame coaching there and I was trailing right behind Dunbar, saw the ball come out, and just picked it up.”

Instead of falling on the ball, Frampton plucked it and advanced it. In the happy locker room, he shook his head and smiled – maybe running with it was something else he shouldn’t have done.

“To be honest, the way it came out, I’m pretty sure everybody else on Philadelphia’s team thought that Dunbar still had the ball,” he said. “So that’s part of the reason why I picked it up.”

Frampton got shaken up on the play, but he said he was fine.

“Someone landed on me. I landed on my shoulder,” he said.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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