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Jets HC Robert Saleh on training camp fights: ‘No punches’


Fights between teammates are an inevitable part of any NFL training camp. Football, by nature, is an aggressive sport, and players hot from training in the August sun are sure to get worked up as they partake in drills and one-on-one battles.

On Friday, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan found himself addressing the fact that he had to interrupt practice several times last Tuesday due to skirmishes, including a heated one involving the wide receiver. Brandon Aiyuk and linebacker Fred Warner. As Ethan Greenberg noted for the New York Jets website, Gang Green was not immune to player bickering Friday. Specifically, guard Nick Bawden and linebacker Kwon Alexander traded disagreements after Alexander threw a high tackle on running back Michael Carter.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he’s not bothered by such incidents as long as his players follow his well-known guideline ahead of next Friday’s preseason opener at the Philadelphia Eagles.

“One rule, no punches,” Saleh told reporters. “They’re gonna push, they’re gonna push, it’s gonna happen. They’re sick of each other. I’m sick of hearing the same calls from coordinators, and I think everyone’s sick of each other at this point in camp. We still have a week before we go to Philadelphia and see different humans. Rule 1 – Protect the team, don’t kick. That’s a 15-yard penalty and you’re ejected from the game. ”

Shanahan also noted that he reminded his players that fighting on fall Sundays is a no-no as it can result in a penalty or ejection.




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