NFL training camp brawls: Tracking the scuffles in 2022 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
NFL training camp isn’t supposed to have too much contact – but sometimes it’s inevitable.
Just ask Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who got into it with defensive tackle Jordan Phillips on one of the first days of training camp.
With training camp brawls seemingly becoming more and more common every year, here’s a list of the scuffles in 2022:
Aug. 25: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams, Cincinnati Bengals
A joint practice between the Rams and Bengals in Cincinnati got heated. While many players from both teams were involved, the most notable moment was when Aaron Donald got hold of a Bengals helmet and swung it at other players, a move that has led to suspensions in the past.
seems to happen with him a ton
if Myles Garrett got an indefinite suspension for swinging Rudolph's helmet (which ultimately became 6 games)...
the NFL should be suspending Aaron Donald for some amount of time IMO because this is absolutely recklesshttps://t.co/fDOc4YEKEE
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 25, 2022
Aug. 17: New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers
The Patriots and Panthers got into some more fights at their second joint practice.
Patriots Kristian Wilkerson and Deatrich Wise were at the center of the action:
Already two fights at today at joint practicesâ¦
First one looked like it started with Kristian Wilkerson suffering what I thought was a non-contact injury. Panthers safety Kenny Robinson stood by Wilkerson prone on the turf. Robinson drew the ire of Pats, starting the fracas.
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) August 17, 2022
The skinny on the scrap from folks in the stands. Deatrich Wise hit Christian McCaffrey at or over boundary and hit him pretty good. McCaffrey spiked ball at him. More than one Panther descended on Wise and drove him into stands where he landed on woman in first row.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) August 17, 2022
Aug. 16: New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers
Panthers offense and Patriots D trotted all the way over. So we had 200 guys milling around. Now Trent Brown doesnât take kindly to extended hand to the upper chest neck on a pass rush. https://t.co/cr8UjOIWEF
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) August 16, 2022
With the Panthers in Massachusetts for a preseason game against the Patriots on Friday night, many players got into a fight on Tuesday afternoon.
It all started with something Wilkerson said, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry:
Hereâs how I saw it: Wilkerson caught an out route from Mac Jones and ended up in the Panthers bench area. A Carolina coach appeared to give Wilkerson a slight push as if to say, âback to your huddle.â Wilkerson whipped his head back and said something. Immediately got jumped. https://t.co/OObFViUF2G
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) August 16, 2022
Aug. 14: Jets DE Carl Lawson, OL Grant Hermanns
Jets practice got heated on Sunday when Carl Lawson and Grant Hermanns went after each other. Rookie wideout Garrett Wilson also shoved defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd in an incident that head coach Robert Saleh called “kinda cute.”
Aug. 11: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 11, 2022
Cowboys Terence Steele AGAIN getting physical in another fight after the play with the Broncos and even ex-Cowboy Randy Gregory doing some jawing as well ðâ¦#CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/l2URwSo5JC
— Kevin Gray Jr. (@KevinGraySports) August 11, 2022
The Denver Broncos hosted the Dallas Cowboys for a joint practice ahead of their preseason matchup, and things got heated between the two teams. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr. noted there were at least six fights during the practice. Cowboys offensive tackle Terence Steele was in the middle of two brawls that broke out. And former Cowboy Randy Gregory, who is currently on the PUP list, even came onto the field during one scuffle.
Aug. 9: Patriots C David Andrews, DT Christian Barmore
David Andrews and Christian Barmore just had an extended scuffle and Barmore is walking to the locker room. Andrews has also walked off but remains on the far corner of the field.
That is a Patriots rule â you fight in practice, you get kicked out.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 9, 2022
The Patriots make their first entry in this list, starting with David Andrews and Christian Barmore. Zack Cox of NESN noted that the entire offense and defense got involved, including second-year quarterback Mac Jones. Both Andrews and Barmore were kicked out of practice.
Aug. 8: Giants OL Jon Feliciano, LB Tae Crowder, LB Cam Brown
Jon Feliciano and Tae Crowder fight!!!!!! Feliciano ended up swinging on Crowder after the fact too pic.twitter.com/xS54LBeNw8
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) August 8, 2022
Jon Feliciano and Tae Crowder started a scrum that included offensive lineman coach Bobby Johnson shoving Cam Brown. Dan Duggan of The Athletic noted that he’s “never seen a coach do that to a player.”
Aug. 3: Saints OL Trevor Penning
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 3, 2022
For the third straight day, Saints first-round pick Trevor Penning was kicked out of practice for fighting. The No. 19 overall pick out of Northern Iowa, Penning is expected to start on the Saints’ offensive line this season. The above video is from his first two skirmishes.
Aug. 2: 49ers LB Fred Warner, WR Brandon Aiyuk
In Round II, Brandon Aiyuk and Fred Warner both squared up, ready to throw hands but that certainly wouldnât have been great since both had helmets on. Both quickly ended up on the bottom of a scrum as teammates got involved
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) August 2, 2022
Aiyuk and Warner got into it twice in ten minutes, with other players piling on in both instances. Coach Kyle Shanahan stopped practice to speak to the whole team after the second incident. According to David Lombardi of The Athletic, Warner claimed he was calling Aiyuk out to challenge him “to make that next step into playing at an elite level.”
July 30: Bills QB Josh Allen, DT Jordan Phillips
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) July 30, 2022
Allen and Phillips kick things off in 2022. The former seemed to get upset at the latter after he was shoved following the whistle. Considering Allen is the Bills’ franchise cornerstone and their best shot at reaching the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994, Phillips might want to be more careful next time.