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Jim Harbaugh takes blame for 2011 incident with Jim Schwartz

Jim Harbaugh said this week that enthusiasm might have gotten the better of him in one of the more memorable postgame handshakes in recent NFL history. Harbaugh, who is known for his enthusiasm, said during an interview on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast that he was in the wrong in 2011 when, after a San Francisco 49ers victory, he and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz had to be separated on the field. “I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake,” he said in the interview, six years after the incident. “We’ve talked, and we’re good. We’re back to friends. … There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I’ve been there as the winner. I’ve been there as loser. You just, ‘Nice game,’ then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong.” Schwartz, at the time, took exception to Harbaugh’s celebrating on his way across the field and some of that excitement spilling into their meeting at midfield….

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Steelers’ Antonio Brown wants to incorporate linemen into TD celebrations

PITTSBURGH –? Steelers?receiver? Antonio Brown gives a three-pump approval of the NFL’s touchdown-celebration rule changes. The league voted this week to permit celebrating with teammates in the end zone or using the football as a prop. Brown, who was flagged three times last year for his post-touchdown moves, is imagining the possibilities. “It’s amazing,” Brown said. “I’m sure the guys are looking forward to it, the O-line, some of the guys who don’t get to celebrate with the guys who are getting in the end zone. I think it will be fun.” Brown plans to incorporate several of his offensive linemen in his celebrations, pointing out he’s never danced with his Pro Bowl center, Maurkice Pouncey. Linemen typically walk off the field after a long scoring drive, but “we’ll give them another reason to be on the field,” Brown said. The league still prohibits sexually suggestive celebrations. Brown earned two of his flags for…

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