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“Small melee” breaks out at Panthers camp


Most training camps are nearing the two-week mark, the usual point at which guys are starting to get sick of looking at one another.

So it’s hardly surprising to hear stories of fights in practice, and Tuesday was the Panthers’ turn.

Coach Ron Rivera referred to a protracted dust-up as a “small melee,” but some of his biggest stars were involved.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the fun began when safety D.J. Campbell hit tight end Greg Olsen near the sideline, and Olsen popped up and threw the ball back at him. Then a few cornerbacks went back and forth with wide receiver Brandon LaFell, and then defensive end Greg Hardy mixed it up with right tackle Byron Bell, though that ended when diminutive wide receiver Steve Smith tossed the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Hardy to the ground.

That’s their best football player (Smith), and three other hard-to-replace starters, including their next two receiving targets and a double-digit sack guy.

“I think we’re getting to the point where we can’t wait to play against somebody else. It was disappointing that it lingered and it lasted as long as it did,” Rivera said. “I’m not saying it was good, but it was good to see the guys have a little bit of attitude about things. But we do most certainly want to save those for Friday [against the Bears], and we don’t want to do it against our own teammates. . . .

“The bottom-line thing we all have to understand is at the end of the day we need the best 53. We need a healthy 53. And we can’t afford to have anybody that we really, truly need to get caught up in something like this.”

So scrubs, go at it.

You guys who are good at football, try to get along.

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20 Responses to ““Small melee” breaks out at Panthers camp”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 6, 2013 2:44 PM

    And rock that attitude when it comes time to ask for more money and you will be respected by your coach for sure!

  2. joshmhall91 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:44 PM

    Wait Steve Smith got in another fight??? Did A-Rod take more steroids too????

  3. gbrussell says: Aug 6, 2013 2:44 PM

    Football really hasn’t started until there’s a fight at Panthers camp with Steve Smith involved, has it?

  4. oakfolk says: Aug 6, 2013 2:51 PM

    “I’m not saying it was good, but it was good…”

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:53 PM

    Somehow I knew Steve Smith was involved without reading a word. The Panthers are lucky he didn’t sucker punch another rookie and ruin his career as he’s done in the past.

  6. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 6, 2013 2:57 PM

    Steve Smith is uncontrollable. Throwing down a lineman? He’s like a panther.

  7. jeremywflores says: Aug 6, 2013 2:57 PM

    Steve Smith tossing Greg Hardy? Oh my….

  8. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 6, 2013 2:59 PM

    Thank god nothing happened to Olsen for surely this is the year he finally breaks out.

  9. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 6, 2013 3:07 PM

    Typical Panther.

  10. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 6, 2013 3:15 PM

    These guys better watch out in the video room, Steve Smith is going to be around…

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 6, 2013 3:24 PM

    Not even the Carolina Panthers like the Carolina Panthers.

  12. shayeezy says: Aug 6, 2013 3:24 PM

    steve smith is like a 6’5″ 250 pounder trapped in a 5’9″ 185 pound body.

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 6, 2013 3:28 PM

    It’s a good thing Olsen didn’t spin the ball or there would have been some real trouble.

  14. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 6, 2013 3:32 PM

    Football is the best sport there is – and some times people get a little fired up. This is why some of absolutely detest “sports” like golf, soccer and curling – and can’t wait to get our fix of football. Lots of guys out there who’ve played organized football can’t wait to get to this time of year – to start laying the wood. Best sport ever — nothing can touch it. Huge respect to the rugby guys for sure though.

  15. deathonwings410 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:36 PM

    Steve Smith is a beast

  16. pxeeks says: Aug 6, 2013 3:42 PM

    The Eagles are not even allowed to tackle till preseason. SMH

  17. realfootballfan says: Aug 6, 2013 3:45 PM

    Don’t know about anybody else, but I wouldn’t mess with Steve Smith, ever.

  18. 1phillyphan says: Aug 6, 2013 5:27 PM

    Whats more disturbing? The fact that one of the smallest WR’s in the league threw Greg Hardy around like a rag doll..Or the fact that the coachest let it go on?…I think Steve Smith should retire and Fight Anderson Silva. I’d pay to see that more then watching a Panthers game. STEVE SMITH = BADAZZ

  19. domehead says: Aug 6, 2013 9:18 PM

    Wow… Steve Smith’s involved in the brawl. What a shock.

  20. jcrileyesq says: Aug 7, 2013 12:23 AM

    cant wait until steve smith’s contract is up.. so he can play on a good team

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