Reporting Grant Paulsen
DeAngelo Hall and Chris Horton got into a fight at Redskins practice on Tuesday morning.
The defensive backs were on the field during a pass completion before engaging in a heated discussion that led to a physical altercation. Upon coming together and going to the ground, both looked to be attempting to throw punches while teammates rushed to separate them. Even after being pulled apart the veteran secondary-mates made efforts to continue going after one another.
“It was nothing,” Horton said after practice. “It’s camp. Sh** happens. It’s over.”
Horton said he “didn’t want to get into” what led to the skirmish. He did say that Mike Shanahan pulled both he and Hall aside separately after the incident . What did Shanahan say? “We’re a team. We don’t need that.”
Not surprisingly, the always talkative Hall was more candid about the tussle.
“We’re just trying to be sound, we can’t give up plays like we gave up last year,” Hall said. “We can’t be 31st in the league on defense and think we’re going to win ball games. You’ve got to correct it out here on the field. If that involves somebody getting smacked around a little bit than that’s what we’re going to do. But we’re going to get it fixed.”
As for Shanahan’s reaction to the fight, the Head Coach said he used the incident as a teaching opportunity.
“Those things happen in camp,” Shanahan said. “As I told [them] all families have some. Sometimes its verbal sometimes it’s physical but it’s still a family. On game day usually they see the second hit, not the first hit so you’ve got to keep your poise. You don’t want to cause your team a 15-yard penalty. We try to stress that all the time.”