There were a number of dust-ups during the team’s season-ticket-holder-only practice on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium. A skirmish between second-year tackle Nate Solder and third-year linebacker Brandon Spikes highlighted the eventful evening.
Solder shoved Spikes while Spikes was on the ground, which led to nearly everyone on the field for the 11-on-11 drill getting involved near the goal line. Tom Brady even held Jerod Mayo from running in, according to WEEI.com.
ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss, who notes that Dan Koppen was at the heart of two other minor dust-ups, described the Solder-Spikes scene as a “baseball-style bench-clearing situation.” Solder was eventually sent off for a lap, while Spikes briefly left the field with a trainer before returning to practice.
Patriots fans shouldn’t worry, though. These types of things are commonplace at NFL practices.
“It’s training camp, you go against guys every day, and you grow tired of one another,” cornerback Kyle Arrington said. “At the end of the day, it’s all love among the team, and we all have the same goal. It’s football. Guys are competing and guys get emotional. It comes with the game.”
Just think: Before long, the Patriots will be unleashing that emotion on the rest of the NFL.