Pam Oliver hit in face by a football during Colts-Giants game (video)


Chandler Harnish sticks with a far safer play, the handoff. (Bill Kostroun AP)

At last, a compelling reason to watch preseason football.

You never know when a sideline reporter is going to take a pass upside the head.

That’s what happened to Fox’s Pam Oliver during the Indianapolis Colts-New York Giants game Sunday night when Colts backup-backup Chandler Harnish uncorked a pass that went straight to her cheek.


Shortly after the game, Harnish apologized to Oliver, who was unhurt, with a tweet:

Maybe he could get her one of those Bane facemask helmets, too.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · August 19, 2013