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Morris on Price: 'He's got to be an example-setter'



Brian Price's standing in the locker room played a role in head coach Raheem Morris' decision to kick the second-year defensive tackle out of Sunday's 38-19 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Morris sent Price to the locker room following a personal foul penalty in the third quarter. Price was called for unnecessary roughness in a scrum with several Panthers. The penalty gave the Panthers an automatic first down after Geno Hayes' tackle for a 4-yard loss on second and 10.

Morris said during his weekly news conference this afternoon at One Buc Place that he has a "low tolerance'' for players he depends on for leadership committing costly penalties.

"We cannot make those type of mistakes, and he's got to be an example-setter,'' Morris said.

Morris said he spoke with Price about the incident and will talk to him again today.

"He knows he can't hurt his football team that way,'' Morris said.

Morris, who used an expletive in Sunday's postgame news conference when asked about the play, apologized Monday, calling it "frustration on my part.''

"I just expect more from my guys,'' he said.

Price did not talk after the game. His agent, Chuck Price (no relation), told the Times on Sunday that his client told him he "got into it after the play. ... It was just one of those things where he had the harder push.''

[Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 2:51pm]


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