Wednesday’s fight at Saints minicamp could lead to more sanctions in an offseason that has been overstuffed with them.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that NFL officials have been at Saints headquarters to look at film of the team’s practices this offseason. They are looking for any sign of contact during sessions that prohibit hitting between players. The Seahawks were docked two OTA days this week after the NFL and NFLPA found that there was live contact during practices that were supposed to be free of it.
On Wednesday, the Saints’ practice was halted briefly after linebacker Curtis Lofton and quarterback Chase Daniel came together. According to Rapoport, that spurred the league to start looking at video to look for contact violations. Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said Thursday that he was confident he and his staff knew the new rules in place governing offseason practices.
“I think everybody understands the CBA rules, some of the things we do are slower now,” Vitt said. “So I think we all need to understand the rules and couldn’t be more happy with where we are now.”
That happiness will likely fade if the Saints get docked practice time for anything that’s gone down on the field in Louisiana.