Rams DE Chris Long ejected after throwing punch

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long walks off the field at the end of the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Rams defensive end Chris Long has been ejected from Sunday's game against the Panthers after throwing a punch at Carolina offensive lineman Chris Scott during the third quarter.

A melee involving several players ensued after Panthers offensive tackle and Rams defensive end Robert Quinn got into a shoving match after the completion of a play.

More than a dozen players joined in a fracas, including Long.

Long was ejected after officials ruled he threw a punch amid a pile of players.

After the flag was thrown Carolina tight end Ben Hartsock mockingly tried to escort Long to the locker room, pointing in that direction.

The 15-yard penalty led to a field goal giving the Panthers a 20-5 lead.

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