It didn’t rise to the level of the training-camp practice scrum between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, but emotions were running high Tuesday at Missouri’s first scrimmage of camp.
Late in the proceedings, on a second-down snap with the third-string offense and defense on the field, redshirt freshman defensive end Marcus Loud and sophomore tackle Jordan Williams engaged in a little extracurricular activity.
“We’re really passionate about what we do here and we play hard,” senior defensive lineman Lucas Vincent said. “It gets heated sometimes.”
Loud was bulldogging Williams on the ground several yards downfield before another redshirt freshman defensive end, Charles Harris, stepped in to break things up.
“You saw it,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “You see them get in a fight? That’s what I saw, too. All I know is that was a 15-yard penalty and that wasn’t very good, and he got kicked out of the game.”
Fights between teammates are part of camp, especially a few weeks into it.
There always are occasional skirmishes among Chiefs players at training camp in St. Joseph.
Just on Tuesday, two former Tigers were involved in altercations at NFL camps.
Defensive end Michael Sam reportedly got into “a small skirmish” with tackle Joe Barksdale at Rams camp, according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, while Titans tight end Chase Coffman was involved in a multi-round dustup with linebacker David Gilbert.
So, it’s a fairly common occurrence, and only marginally newsworthy.
Asked how common, Vincent looked down then deadpanned, “I might have to take off my shoes to count this.”
Still, this Cowboys versus Raiders scrap was unusual, if only because it spilled into the stands a bit: