Rams-Bengals joint practice devolves into helmet-swinging brawl fest

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A brawl that broke out Thursday during a joint training session between the Los Angeles Rams and host Cincinnati Bengals involved a player brandishing a helmet at an opponent.

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

There were no reports of injuries from combat or scuffle that occurred earlier in training.

The sick person will also be attacked by Bengal’s attacking tackle La’el Collins on Thursday, according to reports throw a Rams helmet at linebacker Leonard Floyd in Los Angeles.

Both head coaches downplayed the incidents, which occurred on the second consecutive day the teams — who met in February’s Super Bowl won in the final minutes by the Rams — pitted against each other.

Zac Taylor of the Bengals said he would not comment on what happened.

“It’s over,” he told reporters. “We have worked two good days and everyone is healthy.”

Rams Coach Sean McVay, who was described by reporters on the ground who looked very unhappy as he waded into the brawl to break up, said later he was not inclined to ‘look at pointing fingers’. The incident marked a premature end to the joint practice, although Taylor indicated the session was close to its scheduled end.

“I only see guys swinging and some guys have helmets on, some don’t, there’s a scrum, you just never know what could happen, and my main concern is that the people we rely on are just getting unnecessary injuries,” he said. McVay, via the Los Angeles Times. “…God forbid anyone gets hit in the head with a helmet off.”

The scene with Donald was reminiscent of a fight during a November 2019 regular-season game between the Browns and Steelers, in which Cleveland’s Myles Garrett slammed into the unprotected head of Mason Rudolph of Pittsburgh with his helmet. A day after the game, which was broadcast nationally on Thursday night, the NFL suspended Garrett indefinitely. The standout defensive end missed the last six games of the season before being reinstated in February.

Individual teams have jurisdiction over the behavior of their players during training, including joint training. The league is not expected to take any 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, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Rams declined to say via a spokesperson on Thursday night whether Donald or another player will be punished by the team for the incident.

“Emotions run high”, Taylor said of the various hostile incidents between his team and the Rams. “We’ve been working together for two days now, and that’s just a few really competitive guys getting into it a little bit.

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

Mark Maske contributed to this report.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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