It seems there hasn’t been a day that’s passed without a scuffle at NFL training camps. Here’s a list of some of the memorable ones this summer:
PANTHERS: QB Cam Newton runs down CB Josh Norman after getting stiff-armed following an interception. Newton finds himself at the bottom of the pile with his helmet off and the two are separated by teammates. Results - No injuries reported, but Newton says he’d do it again, adding “it’s football. Let’s not get it twisted about football.” Norman hasn’t spoken to the media.
JETS: QB Geno Smith is “sucker-punched” by LB Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room over something that coach Todd Bowles said had nothing to do with football and was “very childish.” Results - Smith, entering his third season, will require surgery to repair the injuries and is out 6-10 weeks. Enemkpali was immediately released.
REDSKINS-TEXANS: On the third day of joint practices, numerous players are involved in what amounted to a bench-clearing brawl on a rainy afternoon. It was the result of several individual fights leading up to it. Results - No reported injuries, but coaches from both teams agreed to practice on their own the remainder of the day.
COWBOYS: WR Dez Bryant attempts to run a route and gets tangled up with CB Tyler Patmon. Both players exchange haymakers before teammates step in and separate them. Results - No injuries and both players later laughed it off, insisting they still respect each other as players.
CHIEFS: Three scuffles highlighted Sunday’s practice, the most noteworthy being high-priced free agent acquisition WR Jeremy Maclin getting into it with CB Marcus Cooper. Cooper grabbed Maclin during his route, and Maclin took exception. Words were exchanged, then a couple of punches. Results - No injuries reported.
TITANS: Night practice with three scuffles, although the best was a non-fight. As a couple teammates were brawling, DL Karl Klug and LT Taylor Lewan circled each other a bit with Lewan holding onto Klug’s face mask. They stared each other down, then walked away. Results - Lewan said they made an agreement not to fight each other. No punches were thrown.
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