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NFL: No fines for Schwartz, Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh, Jim Schwartz

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, right, shout at each other after an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. The 49ers won 25-19. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


The post-game drama featuring Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh will have a happy ending.

At least for the two coaches.

The NFL will not fine either coach for their postgame activity in Detroit on Sunday. The reason: There was no fighting involved.

“On Detroit-SF coach incident, fortunately, there was no fighting and thus no basis for a fine,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “However, both coaches told Ray Anderson today that their post-game conduct was wrong and will not happen again.”

It’s a surprising move by a league that likes to fine for all sorts of things, from uniform violations to celebrations to not wearing microphones to flipping the bird.

The coaches will continue to pay in other ways. They’ll have to keep answering questions about the issue.