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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Harbaugh speaks about sideline collision

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said there was no malice intended by a team employee during a sideline collision with Seattle special- teamer Jeremy Lane on Sunday in the 49ers’ loss in the NFC Championship Game.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is reviewing the play. Schefter reported that if Blandino determines the play warrants discipline, he will forward it to NFL vice president of operations Merton Hanks for review.

Lane collided with a member of the 49ers who was in street clothes on the sideline. Harbaugh said Lane ran into the person (whom Harbaugh declined to identify, but he said he was not a player). Lane was knocked to the ground after the collision. Harbaugh said he had a view of the incident.

"It was bang-bang. I could be called for a witness on that," Harbaugh said. "You don't know which way to go other than to hold your ground and protect yourself. His reaction would have been mine as well. I would welcome to be called and say the same thing on the record."

Harbaugh said the league has been in contact with the 49ers about the situation.