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More fights break out at Patriots camp


It’s a good thing Patriots coach Bill Belichick views training camp fights as no big deal, because he had more of them to deal with today.

Just as they did at Wednesday night’s practice, two more fights broke out today between the offense and the defense in 11-on-11 drills. According to, seemingly every player on the team was involved, either with pushing and shoving or with trying to step in as a peacemaker to stop teammates from pushing and shoving.

Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell and linebacker Bobby Carpenter were in the first battle, and undrafted rookies Darrion Weems and Marcus Forston were in the second.

Competition is good, fighting is not,” Carpenter said afterward. “[There’s a] fine line between taking it to the whistle and taking it a little bit beyond.”

After the fights, Belichick made the entire team run three laps around the field, and then Tom Brady called a players-only huddle. Brady may have told his teammates that on a 90-degree August day, they need to cool it — especially when their actions lead to everyone running extra laps.

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16 Responses to “More fights break out at Patriots camp”
  1. chazzmon says: Aug 3, 2012 5:25 PM

    Is it wrong of me that I would almost rather see the Pats lose than my team win?

  2. calij5619 says: Aug 3, 2012 5:30 PM

    That empire crumbling down

  3. Ghost Rat says: Aug 3, 2012 5:35 PM

    Not sure how anyone can see this as a negative. This is a team that is both hungry and angry, and their defense will be much improved over last year. They have to be a Super Bowl favorite along with the Packers, 49ers and Giants this season.

  4. tfitz11 says: Aug 3, 2012 5:45 PM

    Empire definitely falling, never in the history of football has a team had a fight in training camp.

  5. patfanken says: Aug 3, 2012 5:56 PM

    There is some serious competition going on at Patriots TC. A lot of jobs are on the line and a number of good players aren’t going to make this team. It shouldn’t be a shock to see a few fights break out on occasion. It happens all over the league, but since its the Pats its news.

    I doubt you’ll see it happen again this pre season. Or rather I doubt it will be reported on.

  6. ninerdynasty says: Aug 3, 2012 5:58 PM

    Sounds like the new boys are causing all the troubles. too many new players that dont know the “patriot way” lol

  7. giselleisasucubus says: Aug 3, 2012 5:59 PM

    Hey Chazz, does it bother you that the Pats are so frigin dominant that you would rather see them lose than your own team win? Unless you are a Giants fan (I get it, they have the Pats #) you can keep on hating because they are better this year than last. You know why there are fights? It’s because the defense is starting to get nasty and develop an attitude. Watch out for that front seven this year.

  8. chazzmon says: Aug 3, 2012 6:11 PM

    I’m a Giant season ticket holder and by reading the press you would think the Pats have won the last 10 Superbowls and Belichick is gonna have his name put on the Superbowl trophy to replace Lomabardi.
    So ya, I root for 2 teams, the Giants and whomever is playing the Pats.

  9. xsorethumbx says: Aug 3, 2012 6:44 PM

    cant wait for Tom Jackson to report that BB has lost the locker room again

  10. jpak12 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:00 PM

    One of they many issues with the defense last year was that they were not nasty, sounds like that won’t be a problem this year and I love it front seven will include Wilfork, Love, Jones, Ninkovich at DL, Mayo, Spikes, Hightower at linebacker not bad just need to get our CBs going.

  11. kdppatriots says: Aug 3, 2012 7:12 PM

    I was at training camp today. The Patriot players are hungry!! Granted it was 92 degrees outside and humid, there are always fights, but for some reason they are now mentioning it.

  12. tim1999 says: Aug 3, 2012 7:46 PM

    Belichick is loving every minute of this.

  13. mrconnors says: Aug 3, 2012 7:59 PM

    Don’t you like how everyone who makes anti-Pats posts in every topic regarding the Patriots claims to be a Giants fan?

    Jets and Giants fans are always seeking our approval.

  14. bamboozle99 says: Aug 3, 2012 8:03 PM

    Why would BB be concerned about this? Isn’t this the same guy who payed players to start fights?

  15. paulieorkid says: Aug 3, 2012 8:04 PM

    Football is a passionate game. Fights happen. There’s nothing to see here.

  16. atrophiedambitions says: Aug 3, 2012 8:05 PM

    Wasn’t there a story/rumor a season or two ago where some relatively unknown ex-patriot said Belichick paid him to start fights during slow practices to fire people up?

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