[vc_row no_margin=”true”][vc_column width=”1/1″]It’s not something the NFL is proud of, but fighting is a training camp tradition. Just ask Cam Newton and Josh Norman. Or Rishard Matthews, Jamar Taylor, Ja’Wuan James, and Kendall Montgomery. Those are the Panthers and Dolphins who have gotten in scraps the past couple weeks
In terms of size, the biggest camp scuffles so far came in Richmond when several fights broke out while the Redskins and Texans held joint practices.
Even though the league sent teams a memo last week with a reminder about its prohibition on fighting, it almost seems inevitable that tempers will flare later when the Panthers and Dolphins hold two days of joint sessions starting Wednesday. But they’re at least planning to try to keep whatever happens to a minimum.
“We’re going to have referees here. I believe we’ll have eight, so it’ll be four for each field. We’ve talked, and the idea is that they’ll manage the whistles. And if anything is going to start then we’ll nip it in the bud, and if we have to take guys off the field, then we’ll do that,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.
“The idea is to work. It’s not to come here and have a big scrum. We want to practice and get quality practice.”
According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is on the same page.
“Ron and I talked in the spring, he’ll be on one field, I’ll be on the other,” Philbin said. “I told him, he sees one of our guys out of line, I’m going to tell the team Coach Rivera is in charge of that field, and he said the same thing to me, if I see someone out of line on the field I’m on.”
Fortunately, highs for the early morning practices are expected to be in the low-to-mid 80s. That’s not cool, but it could be a lot worse in Spartanburg. But still, the combination of warm temperatures and opponents hitting each other for two days could eventually become combustible.
“In the heat of the moment, you never know what your reaction’s going to be,” Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander said.