September 26, 2022

Brawl wraps up Los Angeles Rams-Cincinnati Bengals joint practice

CINCINNATI — A concussion between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams forced both teams to suspend their intersquad practices, the teams’ final day of practice on Thursday.

On a later eventful day, a scuffle broke out during team practice involving the Bengals’ first-team offense and the Rams’ first-team defense. A Rams defender unrecognizable from a distance engaged the Bengals right tackle Lyle Collins. Seconds after the Cincinnati running back, the defender wrapped Collins from behind and wrapped his arms around his chest. Joe Mixon It was a few yards down.

Collins took exception and threw punches as soon as he broke free, sparking a huge brawl that drew several whistles and flags from the crew of officials. Several helmets were removed Spotting by a Cincinnati Enquirer photographer Rams defense plays Aaron Donald Holding a bengal lid in each hand. After training, A The video went viral on Twitter Donald appears to swing his helmet several times during the scrum.

Players from both teams were scattered throughout the practice field near Cincinnati’s practice facility and the street that separates Baycore Stadium. After a few minutes, the teams decided to end the controversial practice.

Donald declined to comment through a group spokeswoman, who said the group does not comment.

Rams coach Sean McVay previously said he doesn’t want to create a big fight and that in some cases, it’s two teams protecting each other. Both coaches talked about wanting to be safe and get the right amount of work.

“I see guys swinging, some guys are wearing helmets, some guys aren’t,” McVay said. “There’s a scrum. You never know what can happen. And my biggest concern is unnecessary injuries to people we’re counting on for our team or for the other team.”

Bengals coach Zach Taylor said: “It was a little confusing.”

“We called it,” Taylor said. “We were at the end [practice] Period. We have had two good days of work. So is it worth getting the extra two plays? No. So we called it.”

Thursday is not the first time Collins has been involved in controversy. He appeared to be involved in two other fights with a Rams defender. On one occasion, he was replaced by a Bengals reserve tackle in team practice De’Ante Smith.

When asked about Collins’ role in the fights, Taylor declined to go into detail. Cincinnati did not make players available following practice.

Rams quarterback Matthew StaffordThe only Los Angeles player to speak to the media was on the opposite practice field working against the Bengals’ starting defense and did not have details about the incident.

Both teams are set to have Friday off before wrapping up the preseason with a game Saturday in Cincinnati. Neither team is expected to play their starters in the final. Taylor said he didn’t anticipate any animosity.

Earlier in the week, the Bengals’ defense Vaughan Bell Taylor posted a message from the team leader Mike Brown About brawls after brawls at other teams’ joint practices.

“You don’t want to be a headline,” Bell said of the front office’s message. “Keep everything clean.”