On Sunday, during the second practice of camp and a day before the pads go on, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy took issue with a hit from defensive end Trent Cole, sparking the first fight of the year. After the session ended, Cole and McCoy downplayed the exchange of pleasantries.
“I don’t even know what you’re talking about,” Cole said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “That’s my brother, man. We were just playing around. We’re competitors. We’re very competitive.”
McCoy was a little less willing to let it all go. But he seems to have moved on, too.
“The whole camp so far, it’s been touching a little too much,” McCoy said. “I’m trying to let them know, ‘It’s OK if you can’t cover me.'”
Defensive end Brandon Graham, who was in the middle of the melee but called himself a spectator, initially tried to describe the hit as a “nudge.”
“You know, it wasn’t really a nudge because it was 270 [pounds] against 200,” Graham said. “I wasn’t taking it that seriously because it was just a regular catfight.”
But Graham admitted there’s no place for fighting or otherwise hurting teammates.
“You gotta draw the line,” Graham said. “You gotta take care of each out out here. Even when we get pads on you can’t just be out here trying to kill everybody, because we do got to have them for the season. But [Monday] is gonna be a lot of aggression.”
Coach Chip Kelly isn’t a fan of aggression that results in fights — cat-style or otherwise — between guys who wear the same uniform. Kelly may need to send a clear message to his players to keep things from getting out of control.