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Bears DB Moore ejected after fight with Lions QB Stafford

  • By Associated Press
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CHICAGO -- Bears defensive back D.J. Moore was ejected in the fourth quarter Sunday on a play that precipitated a skirmish between several players in front of the Detroit Lions' bench.


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Frustration surfaced when Tim Jennings came up with the Bears' third interception of the game. During the return, replays showed that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford grabbed Moore near the helmet and threw him down. Moore got up and went back at Stafford, who still was on the ground.

Players then began shoving and pushing in front of the Lions' bench for about a minute. After the referees broke it up and settled what had happened, Jennings was ruled down by contact where he made the pick and Moore was ejected for his hit on Stafford. The Bears led 37-6.

"When you are going after my livelihood, my neck, and you're trying to hurt me, I just can't let that go," Moore said.      

Stafford said he wasn't trying to injure Moore.

"He kind of blocked me and I was just trying to get him off me the best I knew how," Stafford said. "And I guess he didn't like the way I did it. He wanted to ask me about it."      

Stafford was asked if he liked the way he tried to rid himself of Moore's block:      

"Yep," he said.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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