Rams-Bengals joint practice turns into helmet brawl fest


A fight that broke out Thursday during a joint practice between the Los Angeles Rams and host Cincinnati Bengals included a player swinging a helmet at an opponent.

In video of the scrum taken from a distance, Rams star Aaron Donald was shown walking away from the scrum with a Bengals helmet in each hand. The all-pro defensive tackle was reportedly scheduled to meet the media after practice, but was not made available.

There were no reported injuries during the fight or the scuffles that took place earlier in training.

Thursday’s ill will also reportedly included Bengals offensive tackle La’el Collins launch a Rams helmet to Los Angeles linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Both head coaches played down the incidents, which happened on the teams’ second straight day – which met in February’s Super Bowl, won in the last minutes by the Rams – worked against each other.

Zac Taylor of the Bengals said he “wouldn’t get into what happened.”

“It’s over,” he said. Told journalists. “We had two good days at work and everyone is healthy.”

Rams coach Sean McVay, who was describe by reporters at the scene as appearing very displeased as he waded into the fight to cut him off, said later, he was not inclined to “watch pointing fingers”. The incident marked a premature end to joint practice, although Taylor indicated that the session was close to its scheduled conclusion anyway.

“I just see guys swinging around and some guys have helmets on some guys don’t, there’s a scrum, you never know what can happen, and my biggest concern is unnecessary injury to the people we’re on. count,” McVay said. , through the Los Angeles Times. “…God forbids anyone to be hit on the head without a helmet.”

The scene involving Donald recalled a fight during a November 2019 regular season game between the Browns and Steelers in which Cleveland’s Myles Garrett swung and kicked the unprotected head of Mason Rudolph of Pittsburgh with the latter’s helmet. A day after the contest, which aired nationally on a Thursday night, the NFL suspended Garrett indefinitely. The outstanding defensive end missed the last six games of the season before being reinstated following February.

Individual teams have jurisdiction over the conduct of their players during practices, including joint practices. The league is not expected to take action regarding Thursday’s events.

It is up to the Rams and Bengals to “handle” the situation as they see fit, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Rams declined to say Thursday night through a spokesperson whether Donald or any other player will be sanctioned by the team for the incident.

“Emotions run high”, Taylor said of the many antagonistic incidents between his team and the Rams. “We’ve been working together for two days now, and they’re just really competitive guys getting into it a bit.

“You just want to make sure everyone is healthy, and I think everyone is healthy, so we’re going to move on.”

Mark Maske contributed to this report.

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