Whenever two elite competitors go at it in a physical environment there is a chance for the battle to go a bit too far. It happens every summer on every training camp practice field in the NFL.
It happed for the first time this summer in Foxborough on Tuesday as Bill Belichick’s Patriots returned from a day off for another full-pads practice that included the first real fisticuffs of the summer.
The scuffle occurred in an 11-on-11 drill in the red zone when Stephon Gilmore’s tight coverage on a Tom Brady throw to Julian Edelman in the back right corner of the end zone concluded with the feisty slot receiver tossing the free-agent cornerback addition to the ground and throwing a number of punches before teammates and others intervened to break up the short, two-man matchup.
Belichick immediately sent both players to the locker room for the rest of the day, although Edelman walked across the field first, seemingly cooling off a bit, before he was followed shortly thereafter by Gilmore.
“That’s football. I mean you have a lot of guys out here competing. One thing leads to another. But it’s football,” third-year defensive end Trey Flowers said.
And while fighting on a football practice field is far from a huge deal at almost any level,
Article source: http://www.patriots.com/news/2017/08/01/julian-edelman-and-stephon-gilmore-fight-camp-notes
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