The Seahawks have always enjoyed physical practice sessions under Pete Carroll, but Thursday’s action went too far for Seattle’s coach.
Carroll confirmed that pass-rusher Frank Clark was sent to the showers after starting a fight with offensive lineman Germain Ifedi.
Gregg Bell of The Times Tribune described the tussle as a “wild” tangle that spawned from a pass-rushing drill, with Clark delivering a “flying blow” that “appeared to have bloodied” Ifedi’s face.
Veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett — one of the league’s most physical players — said Clark went too far.
“Fighting to the point where you hurt each other, that’s the line that you draw,” Bennett said after practice, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. “I think the line is to respect your teammates and to know that, at the end of the day, this is practice, it is not a game.”
Training camp fights are commonplace in the NFL, but injuring a teammate is not. Time to take it down a notch in the Pacific Northwest.
Here’s what else we learned during Thursday’s camp action.