FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots center Bryan Stork was told to hit the showers Tuesday after fighting with multiple Chicago Bears players during the teams’ joint practice outside Gillette Stadium.
Bears linebacker John Timu shoved Stork after the whistle during 11-on-11 drills, and Stork responded by head-butting Timu and taking swings at a few other members of the Chicago defense.
After being pulled away from the fracas by 5-foot-8 Patriots receiver DeAndre Carter, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman was ejected from practice and forced to leave the field.
It was Stork’s second ejection of the offseason — he also was booted for fighting with teammate Woodrow Hamilton during organized team activities — and it came one day after Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was tossed for scrapping with Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery.
Tuesday’s joint practice was nearly as chippy as Monday’s, with tempers briefly flaring earlier in the session after Chicago defensive back Harold Jones-Quartey floored Julian Edelman with a hit during 11-on-11s.
Stork is competing with second-year pro David Andrews for the starting center job in New England.
Thumbnail photo via Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports Images
Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots center Bryan Stork (66) during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. New England defeated Miami 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
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