Fight breaks out during Panthers-Rams game

Of all the things you can do on an NFL field, throwing a punch at an opponent wearing a helmet is one of the dumbest.




Rams defensive end Chris Long has probably learned his lesson.




Things got chippy in the third quarter of the Panthers-Rams game. Panthers receiver Steve Smith, unsurprisingly, seemed to be one of the instigators. Then things boiled over in a scrum and Long lost his composure. He threw a punch.

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St Louis Rams v Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 20: Referee Bill Vinovich #52 separates Eugene Sims #97 of the St. Louis Rams and Byron Bell #77 of the Carolina Panthers as they scuffle during the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-15. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

St Louis Rams v Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 20: Jordan Gross #69 of the Carolina Panthers and Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams push eachother during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Umpire Paul King, center, tries to separate Carolina Panthers' Jordan Gross, left, and St. Louis Rams' Robert Quinn, right, in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Umpire Paul King, center, tries to separate Carolina Panthers' Jordan Gross, left, and St. Louis Rams' Robert Quinn, right, in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, right, talks with head linesman Jim Mello, center, and side judge Jimmy DeBell, left, in the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, right, talks with head linesman Jim Mello, center, and side judge Jimmy DeBell, left, in the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, right, and referees try to break up a scuffle between the Carolina Panthers and the St. Louis Rams players in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, right, and referees try to break up a scuffle between the Carolina Panthers and the St. Louis Rams players in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

St. Louis Rams' Chris Long (91) gestures to fans as he leaves the field after being ejected after a scuffle against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

St. Louis Rams' Chris Long (91) gestures to fans as he leaves the field after being ejected after a scuffle against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

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