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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