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Fights break out at Dolphins’ minicamp


Minicamp practices are supposed to be non-contact, and when fights break out at non-contact practices, the league office sometimes responds by cracking down on the teams involved.

Which is bad news for the Dolphins.

Two offensive line vs. defensive line fights broke out in the Dolphins’ minicamp practice today, with Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel identifying Jake Long vs. Olivier Vernon and Richie Incognito vs. Ryan Baker as the two bouts on today’s fight card. (Fortunately for Kelly, he wasn’t fighting Kevin Burnett on the undercard.)

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said afterward that he wasn’t pleased, not because of any concern that the league office could get involved, but because he wants players who are smart enough to avoid personal foul penalties.

I wasn’t very happy we lost two players in a drill,” Philbin said, via the Palm Beach Post. “That can be a critical time in a game. You have to be able to keep your poise and play. It’s great to be tough, it’s great to be physical. . . . It’s 15 yards, loss of down, clock, all those things. So yeah, there was good competitiveness, but you’ve got to be smart.”

Philbin said he’s going to view the practice video and address the matter with whoever provoked the altercation.

“We’re going to have to watch the tape to see who provoked the situation that happened today,” Philbin said.

The league office may also watch the tape and, at the very least, remind the Dolphins that these practices are supposed to be non-contact. And HBO will tell them to save it for Hard Knocks.

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  1. brady100 says: Jun 20, 2012 4:33 PM

    Richie Incognito? Well there you go…that explains it.

  2. billsfan27 says: Jun 20, 2012 4:34 PM

    The Dolphins ae slowly becoming the Jets’ uglier sister.

  3. Daboys says: Jun 20, 2012 4:34 PM

    Hard Knocks stike again… “I personally believe” it puts pressure on these guys to perform in some manner, good or bad…

  4. skoobyfl says: Jun 20, 2012 4:35 PM

    The Bills cut Ritchie because he can’t stay Incognito, where everybody roams.

  5. nflfan1 says: Jun 20, 2012 4:42 PM

    Seriously. Is there any question that it was Incognito who started HIS altercation? Dude was dirty in college and it’s carried over to the Pros?

  6. thcnote says: Jun 20, 2012 4:48 PM

    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said afterward that he wasn’t pleased, not because of any concern that the league office could get involved, but because he wants players who are smart enough to avoid personal foul penalties.
    You might want to go ahead and cut Incognito because that’s why the Rams let him go.

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 20, 2012 4:48 PM

    Football players fight at football practice? Has the Pentagon be notified?

  8. billythebuffalo says: Jun 20, 2012 4:53 PM

    As a non-Dolphins fan, I’m just going to sit back and watch the Dolphins (and Jets) bring themselves down to a crashing halt this season.

    Oh Hard Knocks, I don’t have to watch your show and yet I’m entertained by your teams each year recently (Jets & Dolphins). Thank you!

  9. tomtravis76 says: Jun 20, 2012 4:54 PM

    What does the 1972 team have to say about this?

  10. jakek2 says: Jun 20, 2012 4:55 PM

    That’s as inspiring as the Dolphins have played in 10 years.

  11. jason1980 says: Jun 20, 2012 5:00 PM

    The NFL only investigates issues that are related to misbehavior by the SAINTS. Now let’s play some football!! Roger Goddell

  12. discosucs2005 says: Jun 20, 2012 5:07 PM

    I love that reaction. Fights are not a positive thing to happen in practice and I’m glad to finally see a coach that doesn’t pretend like they are.

    Before looking for the party that started the fight he might want to remember that both parties can get penalized during games.

  13. i, flounder says: Jun 20, 2012 5:12 PM

    might be the best chance the dolphins have of winning anything all season.

  14. FinFan68 says: Jun 20, 2012 5:13 PM

    I’m starting to like the way Philbin thinks about things. Most coaches would have just blown it off as competitive fires or just a couple guys that got out of hand. Philbin looks at the potential impact in game situations. I hope the players are listening and buy-in to this guy’s philosophy. The Dolphins have lacked leadership and discipline for a very long time. Hopefully they find some of both this year

  15. slugdub says: Jun 20, 2012 5:23 PM

    Miami has an NFL team?

  16. justincase92121 says: Jun 20, 2012 5:31 PM

    As a Jets fan, I am all over this like a hobo on a biscuit because for once, we are not in the spotlight for a week. Oh wait! the week ain’t over yet, darn.

  17. omniscient48 says: Jun 20, 2012 5:32 PM

    If Richie was incognito, how did they identify him?

  18. ravenspit says: Jun 20, 2012 5:33 PM

    WAAAAA Jason-grow a pair

  19. 69finfan says: Jun 20, 2012 5:33 PM

    Bills fans throwing stones. Might I remind you that your team finished the season 2-8 last year, went o-2 against the Jets and went 0-2 against the Dolphins and the most dubious honor your team has is it’s the only, I repeat, only team in NFL history to loose 4 Super Bowls in a row. Truth hurts.

  20. donny1rodriguez says: Jun 20, 2012 5:37 PM

    you already know the HBO caught the fight from 13 different angles!

  21. reporterofthetruth says: Jun 20, 2012 5:47 PM

    Clearly Goddell will intervene, conduct a full investigation and suspend all involved, likely for the season.
    Any appeals process will be a complete waste of time.

  22. karlsummers says: Jun 20, 2012 5:53 PM

    I was there and witnessed it. All I could hear was “Less filling, tastes great!”

  23. hrmlss says: Jun 20, 2012 6:02 PM

    Sound’s like this will go on at all camps, violates CBA, they get 2 days off from practice.

  24. thraiderskin says: Jun 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    how does two fights effect the no contact policy in this training camp… while I realize they are making “contact,” I don’t think it was part of the teams plan to have two fights. Does that mean two WR colliding, because one forgot the route, could negatively effect the Dolphin’s training camp for the immediate future?

  25. jessethegreat says: Jun 20, 2012 6:08 PM

    Incognito is the AJ Pierszinski of the NFL. Even his own teammates hate him.

  26. jdandcoke says: Jun 20, 2012 6:11 PM

    fights happen…they always have and always will. i cant belive that that philbin actually has to give a statement and that the league may get involved. can we, as a country, in EVERY aspect of our lives, please start growing a pair already????

  27. EJ says: Jun 20, 2012 6:15 PM

    69finfan says:
    Jun 20, 2012 5:33 PM
    Bills fans throwing stones. Might I remind you that your team finished the season 2-8 last year, went o-2 against the Jets and went 0-2 against the Dolphins and the most dubious honor your team has is it’s the only, I repeat, only team in NFL history to loose 4 Super Bowls in a row. Truth hurts.

    No, us Bills fans aren’t throwing any stones, just stating the obvious. Did you think you were the first person to rag us on losing four Superbowls in a row? The thing is, we may have lost four in a row, but that means your team was at home sitting on their as-es for four straight. That is four years straight Buffalo won the AFC. Dominated those Dolphins. #BillsMafia

  28. cleminem757 says: Jun 20, 2012 6:15 PM

    Incognito is a POS o lineman. He is as dirty as they come. How this Guy stays on the field is beyond me.

  29. i, flounder says: Jun 20, 2012 6:26 PM

    many times dan marino has given me a pair of isotoner gloves as payment for letting him use his hand on me. the same gift he would give his lineman for successfully blocking for him.

  30. theashleyguy says: Jun 20, 2012 6:31 PM

    So there are reports of fights in several teams now. One player reports that a rookie was blocking so low that he got angry (at a noncontact drill, of course). But the Seahawks are the only team penalized. I REALLY like the fairness of that.

  31. bigwalt2990 says: Jun 20, 2012 6:32 PM

    They’ll all be best friends when they meet for camp.

  32. winner2277 says: Jun 20, 2012 6:43 PM

    Yep, this happens at the Saints mini camp and the NFL head hunters were out in full force wanting film and the haters were in here wanting them banned from the league. Sure looks like a double standard showing here by the NFL and the haters.

  33. deadeye says: Jun 20, 2012 7:04 PM

    “The Dolphins ae slowly becoming the Jets’ uglier sister.”


    What are the odds that Miami can “overcome” their jackass owner? That’s what really is happening there, the owner is meddling in football decisions and it’s going to have a negative affect on an already weak product.

    Ross is making a bad situation worse.

  34. kerc1986 says: Jun 20, 2012 7:07 PM

    I think the o-line guys won that fight

  35. peepeetoucher says: Jun 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    billythebuffalo says: Jun 20, 2012 4:53 PM

    billsfan27 says: Jun 20, 2012 4:34 PM

    Bills fans are the last people who should take shots at other teams. How can you seriously say anything if your team hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999. Mario has all Bills fans swinging their k0cks around like they’re all of a sudden now an NFL powerhouse. I understand the optimism Bills fans have this year, but wait till they break that 12 year playoff drought to start talking about other teams crashing to a halt.

  36. VegasKJ says: Jun 20, 2012 7:19 PM

    Richie Incognito?

    He should be a bookie or a vegas tout with that name.

  37. dfwprosports says: Jun 20, 2012 7:35 PM

    Incognito could be the culprit but don’t underestimate the fact that Ryan Baker had numerous personal foul penalties at LSU and his hot temper was one of the reasons he went undrafted in April.

  38. censoredpost says: Jun 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    We’ve got spirit yes we do. We’ve got spirit how bout you!!

  39. ericn42000 says: Jun 20, 2012 9:14 PM

    Bite his ear off Richie

  40. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 20, 2012 9:24 PM

    if i was a dolphins player, i would beat up my teamates up too!!!

  41. citizenstrange says: Jun 20, 2012 10:01 PM

    I went to a fight and a supposedly non-contact football practice broke out!

    COME ON!

    (full disclosure — I just reworked the old hockey/fight joke)

  42. finjim1020 says: Jun 20, 2012 10:08 PM

    As soon as I saw the headline, I KNEW Incognito was involved lol.

  43. jpmelon says: Jun 20, 2012 10:28 PM

    I’m not surprised Incognito was involved (he is pretty much the dirtiest player in the NFL)

  44. lokm88 says: Jun 20, 2012 10:38 PM

    In St. Louis Richie dumbass was known for a few things: minimum 2 holding calls per start due to him getting beat, a stupid comment, offsides penalties negating a game winning play to secure a playoff bid, and being hated by teammates and fans.

  45. Max says: Jun 20, 2012 11:03 PM

    Long would slap the batshyt out Vernon… that boy better calm down before he gets posterized in front of America

  46. rukkus1 says: Jun 20, 2012 11:13 PM

    It was florida, at least no ones face was eaten

  47. granadafan says: Jun 20, 2012 11:41 PM

    Sounds like the fight was staged for the HBO cameras to create drama and ratings.

  48. rc21pgh says: Jun 21, 2012 12:38 AM

    Who is joe philbin?

  49. RoseTintedVisor says: Jun 21, 2012 12:51 AM

    Nobody has a better LT than Jake Long, you haters. Incognito is now slouch either. They can both be nasty MFers.

    Do you want nice guys watching your QB, or dudes who wanna pancake the DL?

    Stop acting like this is a story.

  50. billh1947 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:47 AM

    They are becoming the Detroit Lions South,Ingognito sounds like he is the perfect fit in Detroit as he would have plenty of boneheaded company and the coach would love his fighting spirit.

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