On the next-to-last play of practice on Thursday, safety Tyler Sash and tight end Bear Pascoe got into it pretty good, and eventually had to be pulled apart by their teammates, including rookie defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. Afterwards, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, understandably upset, expressed his displeasure in the situation.
"I didn’t like it," Coughlin said. "It wasn’t necessary. It was actually after the play was over … I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. I’ve had too many experiences where somebody does something stupid and then can’t play."
This wasn't the first fight of camp, as wide receiver Brandon Collins and cornerback Brandon Bing also got into a scrum while the team was in Albany, but it was certainly the worst. At one point, Sash -known to his teammates as "Sashsquach"- tackled Pascoe, but was immediately flipped over onto the ground himself. The two proceeded to engage in a wrestling match before coaches and teammates intervened.
It's something that would have made former offensive lineman Rich Seubert quite proud -then again, he probably would have been involved somehow- but it's not something that's ever going to be okay with the boss. And given the rash of injuries already plaguing Big Blue, the team can ill afford to shoot themselves in the proverbial foot over a temporary burst of testosterone and adrenaline.
Alas, this is life in the NFL. You can only hit your friends and teammates so many times before you start getting extremely aggressive. Luckily for the Giants, they'll have the opportunity to unleash some of that aggression on the cross-town rival New York Jets this Saturday.
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