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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Jim Schwartz sounds off on player safety

By Michael Rothstein

DETROIT -- Detroit Lions receiver Kris Durham covered up an onside kick return when he got hit in the back, defenseless.

After Detroit’s 40-32 win against Chicago on Sunday, Durham’s coach, Jim Schwartz, defended his receiver and took issue with player safety rules.

“Kris Durham made a couple big plays at the end and probably no bigger than recovering the last onside kick. He took a big shot for it, too,” Schwartz said. “I still can’t believe, we talk a lot about player safety and things like that and he’s laying prone on the ground and giving himself up and takes a helmet right to the back and we don’t get any call there.

“It’s a little hypocritical to talk about player safety when we allow that to not get called. Kris toughed it out and had to hold on to that ball and he did. He did a nice job today.”

Durham was hit on the play by Chicago Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic.

Durham, who saw more snaps in place of injured wide receiver Nate Burleson, had three catches for 58 yards against Chicago.