Indianapolis quarterback Jim Harbaugh's pride was hurting. Now he's feeling the pain in his wallet and hand.
Upset over remarks by NBC sportscaster Jim Kelly, Harbaugh chipped a bone in his right hand when he punched the former Buffalo Bills quarterback.
"I consider this something personal between Jim Kelly and I. We settled things," Harbaugh said Monday.
The incident took place Saturday evening in San Diego, where Kelly was to broadcast Sunday's game between the Colts and Chargers for NBC. Kelly reportedly said he was shoved against a wall and the two men wrestled on the floor. Kelly did not discuss the incident during the broadcast and did not return messages seeking comment Monday.
Harbaugh will be placed on the non-football injured list and will forfeit his salary until he is cleared to play, the Colts said Monday.
Director of football operations Bill Tobin said the incident was due to comments Kelly made during a local Buffalo program which described Harbaugh as a "baby" who lacked courage and "overdramatized" his injuries.
"It is one of his peers saying something that he took very personal and Jim wanted to visit with him in a professional manner," Tobin said, adding that Harbaugh wanted to have Kelly apologize for the remarks or explain them. "It didn't work that way. . . . The first salvo was fired in Buffalo and Jim took it very personal. . . . He's played through a lot of injuries. They know that all over America, I don't know why they don't know it in Buffalo."
It's uncertain how long Harbaugh would be out, but he'll be missing about $140,000 per week until he is cleared to play.
"This was an attempt to be himself that got out of hand," Tobin said. "It's a non-football injury. When a guy is unable to play because of his own actions away from the field, he's not entitled to his pay."
Paul Justin, who started his first game of the season Sunday against San Diego, will start again this week against Tampa Bay.
Harbaugh didn't sound like someone who regretted his actions on Monday.
"I regret that I have a crack in one of my bones in my hand," Harbaugh said. "I regret throwing the punch, but I felt I had to do something since my toughness was being questioned."
"A part of me says I understand," coach Lindy Infante said. "Another part says I wish it hadn't happened. I'm not condoning it, but at the same time I understand the competitive nature of what we do. I understand that all of us have a lot of pride. Sometimes you take things a little too personal."
"I've never tried to put myself on a pedestal. I'm a human being," said Harbaugh, who was wearing a protective wrap on his injured hand Monday.
"The amount of time that I will miss is not for sure," said Harbaugh, who did not play in Sunday's game. The Colts cited a sprained ankle he suffered the previous Monday night in a 9-6 loss to the Bills.
The injury gave Infante a new problem to contend with as his team struggles to overcome its 0-8 start.
"We'll put this thing behind us, and we'll go on," he said.