Multiple players ejected for fighting, Kristian Wilkerson carted off from Patriots-Panthers practice

New England Patriots Joint Practice With Carolina Panthers
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For two teams that barely play one another, the Patriots and Panthers sure seem to have beef.

It’s the second day of joint practices between the two teams and it didn’t take long for things to escalate into another day of fighting.

According to multiple reporters, on the first play of 11-on-11 drills, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey got tackled and apparently took exception to the hit. He fired the ball at a Patriots player and fighting ensued.

Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard and Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise were both ejected after the brawl.

On the other field, reports vary as to whether Patriots returner Kristian Wilkerson went down from a non-contact injury or was laid out on a kickoff return by defensive back Kenny Robinson. Either way, Robinson stood over Wilkerson, which Patriots players took exception to and another fight began.

Wilkerson was carted off the field. For the second straight day, Robinson was ejected from practice.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Panthers head coach Matt Rhule both met with their teams to try and get the session back on track.

With so much fighting, longtime Patriots reporter Mike Reiss noted he’s never seen it get to this point in any joint practice in Belichick’s tenure with New England.

21 responses to “Multiple players ejected for fighting, Kristian Wilkerson carted off from Patriots-Panthers practice

  1. Things aren’t going well for the Patriots and their frustration is beginning to boil over.

  2. I think the beef is coming from last season when Burns felt he got the ankle lock applied to him by Mac, and the Pats response was essentially to question his toughness and fortitude. I mean it is tackle football after all.

  3. nytro says:
    August 17, 2022 at 11:32 am
    BB’s lost control of the team.

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    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  4. Bill Belichick needs to retire and the sooner the better. He is losing control over his overzealous players.

  5. To be honest… Mac could have done without grabbing Burns on the ankle like that last year. Didn’t care to see it. I wouldn’t expect him to do that again.

  6. That’s GREAT news for Pats fans. Bring it haters!! This is what you’re gonna get nothing but attitude. No more nicey nice stuff rip some heads off

  7. Patriots are reeling. They still have nightmares of Buffalo physically and mentally dominating them in the playoffs and now even Miami might start beating the brakes off of them too.

  8. It’s been reported that CMC was tackled out of bounds, leading to him taking taking exception and throwing the ball…I highly doubt he throws the ball at a guy if tackled within the field of play.

  9. bawlzich says:
    August 17, 2022 at 11:14 am
    Things aren’t going well for the Patriots and their frustration is beginning to boil over.

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    The Patriots have been dominating joint practices with Carolina, which may be another reason we’re seeing this kind of immature emotional reaction from them. They have to do better or they are going to get dusted in the NFC South, and perhaps finish 4th behind Atlanta. That’s not going to taste good.

  10. religionisforidiots says:
    August 17, 2022 at 12:17 pm
    …and now even Miami might start beating the brakes off of them too.
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    What do you mean buy “now?” The Patties haven’t beaten Miami since September 2020!

  11. It’s interesting that all the talk about a struggling and incompetent Patriots offense has completely disappeared in the last week.

    Strange. I wonder why?

  12. Little Bill has too much on his plate. Now that he has to worry about the offense, attention to detail will be lost. The sloppiness, penalties and fighting are definitely the new trend.

  13. This shows Matt Rhule is in way over his head.

    The scuffle yesterday between Wilkerson and Robertson, spilled into today with Robinson taking a CHEAP shot at Wilkerson and knocking him out and being carted off the field. Of course the Patriots players would respond.

    Panthers players are acting like punks.

  14. Players that think they’re entitled to not get touched at all until week 1 are arrogant. OBJ is notorious for this. Injuries are part of the game. Don’t blame other people that are trying to put food on the table and get a roster spot to play a game that less than 1% of the world can play. Playing with intensity is literally their objective. Spoiler alert: You will get hit hard in the NFL. This ain’t intramurals brother.

  15. I saw one video on Twitter where multiple Panthers players were hitting a guy who was on the ground. Shameless.

  16. I could have sworn that good teams don’t fight. Someone said that; I’m sure of it…

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