Jim Harbaugh might have broken a bone in his hand punching something, but according to former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, it wasn't Kelly's face.
Kelly, a commentator with NBC, released a statement Tuesday saying he never was struck by Harbaugh during a confrontation Saturday and wasn't sure how the Indianapolis Colts quarterback broke his hand.
"I don't know how he hurt himself, since I never saw a punch and certainly did not get hit," Kelly said. "But we spoke at length before the game on Sunday morning, talked everything out, ended on a positive note and put it behind us."
Kelly's story contradicts one from Harbaugh, who apparently was angry about being called a baby by Kelly on a television show in Buffalo the previous week.
Harbaugh said the incident took place Saturday evening in San Diego, where Kelly was to broadcast Sunday's game between the Colts and Chargers for NBC.
Harbaugh told ESPNEWS, "I regret throwing the punch, but I felt I had to do something since my toughness was being questioned."
Kelly did not return telephone calls to the Associated Press on Monday or Tuesday. Instead, his brother Dan Kelly, who also is his agent, released the statement from the ex-quarterback.
"Jim Harbaugh and I disagreed on something I said," Jim Kelly said. "He approached me about it, and we have since settled everything."
Dan Kelly said his brother considered the situation finished. He also said rumors about Jim Kelly having a black eye were untrue.
Ed Kilgore, sports director of Kelly's weekly show on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, said Monday night Kelly confirmed he scuffled with Harbaugh.
Kelly said he was shoved against a wall and the two wrestled on the floor, but he doesn't remember Harbaugh punching him, Kilgore said.
"Coming in the middle of the season, it is not good timing," Harbaugh said of the incident. He was put on the non-football injury list.
With Harbaugh sidelined _ and docked about $147,000 each game he misses _ the Colts' quarterback will be Paul Justin. He was designated the starter last week because of a sprained right ankle Harbaugh sustained against Buffalo on Oct. 20. Justin is 2-2 as a starter, with all of his starts coming when Harbaugh has been injured.