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Jason Witten tackles a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader

This job can be hazardous to your health. (Tom Pennington Getty Images)

In the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving victory over the Miami Dolphins, tight end Jason Witten caught a pass near the sidelines and promptly wiped out Melissa Kellerman, a four-year member of the vaunted Cowboys’ cheerleader squad who reportedly is studying to be a teacher. (Watch here.)

No harm, no flag, though, as injury and a possible league controversy were skirted. Imagine the repercussions if Witten had collided with Kelsi Reich, who happens to be dating Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson.

(You know who spends a lot of time on the Cowboys’ sideline? Jerry Jones, that’s who. Where is he when you need him?)

This has been a dangerous year for those who cheer professionally. Earlier this season, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick kicked at a football on the sideline and sent it into the kisser of a Redskins cheerleader. She was fine and Vick was most repentent.

Not hurtin’ today, like some of y’all thought I would be! Our TE isn’t as tough as he looks... That or I’m WAY tougher than I look. ;)Fri Nov 25 15:04:10 via webMelissa Kellerman

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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