WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Redskins apparently have some fight left in them this season. Unfortunately, it came on the practice field.
Wide receiver Andre Roberts and cornerback Bashaud Breeland exchanged punches early in Wednesday’s practice at Redskins Park. The two players became tangled up during a passing drill on a deep ball from Colt McCoy.
Breeland appeared to take a knee to the groin as the two men fell to the turf inside the team’s practice bubble. After attempting to walk back to the line of scrimmage, Breeland dropped to the ground in pain.
He recovered enough to participate in another coverage drill. But moments later, after an exchange of words, Roberts threw a punch and Breeland responded as teammates, including Ryan Clark, E.J. Biggers and Ryan Grant, raced in to break up the fight. A furious Roberts later shoved Clark away.
“Well, you don’t want fights at practice,” Washington coach Jay Gruden said. “But guys are a little frustrated and things happen when football players are competing. I like the competitive nature of guys competing at practice, one-on-ones. We had some good, competitive team drills today. But that was a rarity. That doesn’t happen very often and we addressed it.”
The Redskins are 3-10 with three games left and were early on in their first practice of the week in preparation for the New York Giants on Sunday. The fight happened moments before reporters were supposed to leave the facility. Media is allowed to shoot video and watch for about the first 15 to 20 minutes of practice. Neither player would comment on the fight afterward.
“That’s practice. It’s what happens,” Redskins tight end Niles Paul said. “We all brothers. Brothers fights and stuff like that happens. Ain’t nothing happening with the team. There’s fights all throughout the year, there’s fights through training camp. There’s been fights here since I got here.”
CSN Washington captured video of the incident:
WUSA9 kept its camera rolling a bit longer.