Things have begun to get chippy at the joint practice held today between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans. Following what many described as an inordinately physical Wednesday practice, this comes as no surprise.
Football is an inherently violent sport. Grown men hitting other grown men, most of whom happen to be some of the best athletes in the world, is what the sport amounts to — boiled down.
Naturally, fisticuffs are going to rain down from time to time. If you watch HBO’s “Hard Knocks”, then you’ll remember this week’s episode when the Atlanta Falcons went to Houston for a joint practice week of their own.
Texans safety, D.J. Swearinger, kept it salty with the Falcons, after he’d incurred the wrath of Falcons WR, Harry Douglas, in practice. Once it got to the actual preseason game between the two teams, Swearinger seemingly took every opportunity to clown the opposition.
Meh. Whatevs. But that dude plays with a chip on his shoulder and he loves to talk. It wouldn’t surprise me if the guy who ended Dustin Keller’s season last year had something to do with the following tweet.
And we have a full-scale fracas. Punches thrown. Guys on ground, including Sanders. Winston Justice assuming a fighting posture.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 21, 2014
It is hard to believe that someone would swing a closed fist at a helmeted man’s head. But rationality has never been the better part of anger. Ask Ra’Shede Hageman what the net result of such poor judgement is.
It’ll be interesting to see if this acrimony translates to the field on Saturday night. It could just be guys, in the dog days of training camp and preseason action, exorcising the demons on their collective backs.