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Monday, Oct. 5, 2009

After games, the center of the football field is usually reserved for handshakes and prayers no matter how rough and tough of a game just took place.

That was not the case Sunday night after the Steelers held on to defeat the San Diego Chargers, 38-28, at Heinz Field.

As the final gun went off, Steelers linebacker James Farrior made a beeline for San Diego star receiver Vincent Jackson, who was walking off the field in the direction of the locker room.

When Jackson finally heard Farrior directing comments in his direction, he turned around and met the Steelers' linebacker near midfield.

The two continued to jaw before Farrior finally shoved his hand in Jackson's face-mask.

The two then had to be restrained by teammates and some members of each coaching staff.

Neither would elaborate about the incident afterward.

"It is just football," Farrior said. "It is a rough game. Sometimes, stuff like that happens."

When asked if something occurred during the game that sparked the confrontation, Farrior replied: "No, we just don't like each other."

Jackson refused to talk to the media afterward, but fellow receiver Chris Chambers admitted that a linebacker and a receiver getting into a tussle is quite unusual, not to mention in the middle of the field after the final whistle.

"He's a linebacker, so I didn't think he would be messing with those guys," Chambers said. "I could see if it was a DB or a safety. Vincent is an aggressive guy. I don't know what was said. Hopefully, he is alright and the other guy gets fined for whatever he did."

Jackson managed only four catches for 57 yards and didn't get into the end zone for the second consecutive week.

Farrior finished with five tackles and the game-clinching fumble recovery.

"Hopefully, we won't read too much into it and let it go and just move on," Chambers said.

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