The Buffalo Bills fought for the second straight day at practice, prompting an angry coach Doug Marrone to halt practice and chew out his players.
The team had an intense fight at the end of Wednesday’s morning practice, when the team was engaged in a goal line drill. Undrafted defensive end Bryan Johnson got locked up with center Eric Wood, leading to a widescale shoving match that ended with a murder threat.
From the Buffalo News:
Toward the end of this morning’s practice at St. John Fisher College, undrafted rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson locked up with Wood after a goal-line drill.
Running back Fred Jackson had slithered into the end zone. The play was over, but the battle was not.
Before the fight could be broken up, tight end Scott Chandler had taken Johnson to the ground. Chandler’s helmet also was torn off. An incensed Wood marched toward Johnson and yelled, “I’ll f—— kill you!”
Johnson, a roster long shot from West Texas A&M, stalked away without his helmet.
Afterward Marrone was livid, telling reporters that fighting has no place in football.
“It’s not part of the game,” Marrone told reporters. “Therefore, I don’t want to speak about it. It hurts the integrity of our game the more we talk about it. That’s how I feel about fighting.”
The Buffalo Bills apparently didn’t get it all out of their system, and on Thursday there was more post-whistle shoving. Doug Marrone took several players aside and yelled at them for fighting, prompting defensive end Jerry Hughes to yell back at Marrone.
“Why can’t you handle it as players?” Marrone yelled. He then motioned toward the locker room and said: “Do you want to play on this team?”
Marrone then looked at Hughes and said: “If you’ve got a problem with me, you need to come and tell me.”
The Buffalo Bills have had several scuffles during training camp, which started July 20. After Thursday’s fighting, Marrone ended practice early.