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Joe Hawley booted from practice for fighting

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On Sunday, there was a brief scare in Falcons camp regarding defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman’s wrist after he fought with center Joe Hawley during the team’s practice.

Initial reports about a broken bone were incorrect and Hageman was back at practice when the Titans rolled in for a joint workout on Monday. So was Hawley and Hawley was also back to extracurricular activities.

Hawley scrapped with members of the Titans, including cornerbacks Tommie Campbell and Coty Sensabaugh, about 20 minutes into the workout. That didn’t please Falcons coach Mike Smith, who booted Hawley from practice because Hawley would have been ejected from a game for the same behavior.

“The guys knew the rules of engagement. They were violated,” Smith said, via the Associated Press. “When they are violated, there’s going to be a consequence. … During a game, if that were to happen, we’re going to lose a player. We need to know that we can’t be fighting.”

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was less riled up, calling a fight during the joint practice “almost inevitable” and said he was happy it got out of the way early so practice could progress in a calmer fashion.

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12 Responses to “Joe Hawley booted from practice for fighting”
  1. bassplucker says: Aug 5, 2014 9:05 AM

    Seems to be a lot of this going on this preseason. Or maybe it’s just being reported more…

  2. skoldier612 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:11 AM

    What a scrubby center. Falcons have no legit inside protection.

  3. 700levelvet says: Aug 5, 2014 9:14 AM

    It’s a mans game… Let em fight

  4. beckzhere says: Aug 5, 2014 9:22 AM

    I like that the Falcons O-Line are showing some nastiness. They definitely lacked that last year.

  5. jacobslatter says: Aug 5, 2014 9:25 AM

    Meh, Joe is still better than Peter Konz.

  6. realityonetwo says: Aug 5, 2014 9:50 AM

    Now we know who “Joe Hawley” is.

  7. flexx91 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:02 AM

    We’ll see how much “fight” he’ll have left in him come Sept. 7.

  8. catfish252 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:13 AM

    Joe Hawley? isn’t he a regular on ‘Axemen’?

  9. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 5, 2014 10:40 AM

    Ra’Shede Hageman is not a good dude. They will find this out soon enough.

  10. titansbro says: Aug 5, 2014 10:50 AM

    The center trying to fight a couple cornerbacks huh? Tough guy.

  11. 2difshoe says: Aug 5, 2014 12:51 PM

    Send him into a forest and let him eat a few tree’s, or tear them out of the ground from the root.

  12. cybersqueak says: Aug 5, 2014 2:06 PM

    According to video on the Titans website it was Griffin andPollard he fought with, not Campbell and Sensabaugh.

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