Originally published October 17, 2011 at 8:09 PM | Page modified October 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Jim Schwartz, Jim Harbaugh avoid fines for postgame incident

The NFL will not fine coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz for their postgame tiff Sunday.

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The NFL will not fine coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz for their postgame tiff Sunday.

In celebration of a victory at Detroit, 49ers coach Harbaugh gave Lions coach Schwartz a roundhouse handshake and a backslap that Schwartz took offense to. A scrum broke out, with coaches and players involved.

"Fortunately, there was no fighting and thus no basis for a fine," a league spokesman said. "However, both coaches told (NFL executive VP) Ray Anderson today that their postgame conduct was wrong and will not happen again."

Neither coach apologized for their behavior Monday, though they used words like "unfortunate" and "regrettable" to describe their actions that, as Schwartz said, "overshadowed the fact that it was probably one of the better games played (Sunday) and two teams that are both right now 5-1 in the NFC and both young and improving teams."

"I don't think that there's any reason for an apology," Harbaugh said. "We spoke about it after the game, and at some point we will talk in private. Apologies always seem to me like excuses."

Schwartz declined to pinpoint what Harbaugh did or said on the field that prompted him to give chase downfield, referring instead to veiled comments he made after the game about getting "shoved out of the way" — the slap on the back — and having an "obscenity" spewed his way.

"I have shaken hands, I don't know, 40, 50 times over the last 2 1/2 years or so. Never had anything come up," Schwartz said. "I mean, obviously something did, but I think I hit that yesterday. I'll just revert to what I said yesterday and just leave it there.

"It is what it is. It happened, it was very regrettable, and it's something that there's nothing going forward between us personally or the two teams."

Broncos trade Lloyd to St. Louis Rams

Tim Tebow has lost his top target even before making his first start of the season.

The Denver Broncos traded Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd, the league's leading receiver last year, to the St. Louis Rams for a conditional 2012 draft pick.

While the trade provides opportunities for young receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Matt Willis, it also opens the organization to increased scrutiny in the midst of its 1-4 start.

The Rams said they sent a sixth-rounder to Denver that could turn into a fifth-rounder if Lloyd catches 30 passes for St. Louis, something all parties certainly expect to happen.


It was a rough weekend for quarterbacks — and coaches.

Jason Campbell of the Raiders is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone, Sam Bradford of the Rams is questionable with a high left ankle sprain and Matt Schaub of the Texans has a chest bruise but isn't likely to miss Sunday's game against the Titans.

The coaching ranks were hit, too. New Orleans coach Sean Payton had surgery to repair a torn meniscus and fractured bone in his left leg on Monday, a day after one of his players was tackled into him on the sideline. And Tampa Bay defensive-backs coach Jimmy Lake injured his left knee on the sideline while celebrating Tanard Jackson's interception during the Buccaneers' win over Payton's Saints.

Campbell had surgery Monday, and said that if everything goes right he could be back in six weeks.

The Raiders are down to Kyle Boller, rookie Terrelle Pryor and punter Shane Lechler as their quarterbacks.

Former Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard will have back surgery this week, likely preventing him from signing with another team.

Garrard's agent, Al Irby, confirmed his client's surgery Monday.

Yahoo! Sports reported that the Raiders are trying to make a deal with Cincinnati for Carson Palmer, although it is highly unlikely Bengals owner Mike Brown would deal the disgruntled quarterback before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.

• Washington coach Mike Shanahan will announce his starting quarterback Wednesday, when he will select either Rex Grossman or John Beck, who hasn't started a regular-season game since 2007.

Jon Gruden agreed to a new contract with ESPN that keeps him in TV — and out of coaching — for the next five years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

• A small but steady stream of fans and friends of Al Davis continued to pay tribute to the late Oakland Raiders owner during a public viewing. Davis, who died Oct. 8, was entombed at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, Calif., during a private family ceremony held before the public was invited in.

Injury report
Player, position Team Injury Prognosis
Jason Campbell, QB Raiders collarbone out indefinitely
Sam Bradford, QB Rams ankle questionable
Matt Schaub, QB Texans chest likely out
Felix Jones, RB Cowboys ankle out 2-4 weeks
Peyton Hillis, RB Browns hamstring undetermined
Dominique Barber, S Texans foot injured reserve

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