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Eagles' Fletcher Cox reflects on punch that led to ejection

Eagles rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was ejected from the team's overtime loss against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Cox was ejected for throwing a punch, which he admitted to throwing after the game.

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Philadelphia Eagles rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday's overtime loss to the Detroit Lions for throwing a punch. Cox was ejected on an extra point attempt with 10:30 remaining which cut the Eagles' lead to 16-13. The Eagles would go on to lose in overtime, 26-23.

Cox said after the game:

"It was a mistake and it will never happen again," said Cox, who did not dispute that he threw a punch. "I have to control myself. I have to learn from that mistake and not let it happen again."

"It was bad, real bad. It hurt me," Cox said. "When I went out, (defensive line coach Jim Washburn) told me on the sideline that it was going to be hard with just three guys and to rotate with three guys. I can't do that. I have to be smart about the situation.

"It's just hard knowing we took a loss like that and I got ejected from the game when they needed me."

The Eagles have a bye next week before returning to action against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 28.