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Lovie: Refs should have ejected Stafford for instigating

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Bears coach Lovie Smith said he agreed that cornerback D.J. Moore should have been ejected for fighting with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, but vehemently argued that Stafford also should have been given the heave-ho for being ''the instigator'' of the incident that sparked a melee in the Bears' 37-13 victory at Soldier Field on Sunday.

''I was waiting for one of you to ask me about it so I could talk on it a little bit,'' Smith said at his Monday press conference. ''After reviewing the video of it -- first off, you shouldn't retaliate on something that happens. The officials are supposed to be looking at the instigator in situations like that. D.J. was not.

''Stafford grabbed him by his helmet -- can't do that either. Those situations I can understand the officials throwing out a guy. But it seemed like both guys should've been thrown out in that situations.''

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