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|RICHMOND Jay Beagle Jersey , Va. (AP) — Trumaine Johnson shoved Morgan Moses after a play, Trent Williams came to his teammate’s defense and within seconds the multiplayer melee spilled into the crowd.
And that was just Day One of the joint workouts between the New York Jets and Washington Redskins.
Tempers have flared at times between Jets and Redskins players, though things were calmer Monday after a couple of fights and a handful of skirmishes marred their first practice together. But a day of being on their best behavior could be more of an anomaly than a Kumbaya trend leading up to their third and final practice Tuesday and preseason matchup Thursday.
“A bunch of young guys. It’s to be expected,” veteran Redskins tight end Vernon Davis said. “We can’t control what the Jets are doing. They have to be on the same wavelength when it comes to going out there and practicing smart and practicing better. And if they’re not, then someone from our side is going to respond. It could get out of control.”
The majority of players and coaches were annoyed that fights overshadowed the benefits the joint workouts: getting to see action against another team outside of games. Washington running back Chris Thompson and some teammates, who were around when fights broke out with the Houston Texans at training camp in 2015, even questioned the wisdom of bringing another team in — which the Redskins didn’t do either of the past two years.
“I think you ask around the league, I think a lot of guys will probably say they don’t really care for the joint practices just because of things like this happening,” Thompson said. “There’s not many joint practices where you don’t have fights.”
Knowing the Jets were coming to town, linebacker Zach Brown said former Redskins teammate Terrelle Pryor should watch out if he makes one-handed catches. Brown said over the weekend the situation would be fine but cast doubt on Pryor practicing, which he wasn’t wrong about because the receiver revealed he broke his ankle in May and is still working to be 100 percent.
Pryor, whose operation was previously referred to as a cleanup Authentic Pekka Rinne Jersey Kids , flashed a smile and said it’s a miracle — “it’s amazing” — he’s on the field. He doesn’t think it’s a miracle that the Jets and Redskins managed to cool down after pushing, shoving and swinging at each other Sunday.
“We’re all trying to get to Week 1 healthy to help our respective teams,” said Pryor, who won’t play Thursday at Washington. “We’re handling it professionally and we can take care of that on the field on Thursday, the hitting and all that. But right now let’s get better. Let’s make each other better.”
Football-wise, the Jets’ focus seems to be on getting rookie quarterback Sam Darnold more work with the first team after the third overall pick’s stellar preseason debut. On the Redskins’ side, coach Jay Gruden has to sort out his running back situation after rookie and presumptive starter Derrius Guice tore the ACL in his left knee and was ruled out for the season.
Fighting Sunday got in the way of that and ticked off Gruden and New York counterpart Todd Bowles because it took time for their players to cool down and wasted practice time.
“They’re not going to get any better fighting us and we’re not going to get any better fighting them,” Bowles said. “We’re not trying to fight them. They’re not trying to fight us. If they wanted to be boxers and wrestlers, they probably would be in another sport.”
That doesn’t mean fights won’t flare up. Johnson called it “friendly competition” and didn’t seem to think it was so bad.
“Competition at its finest,” Johnson said. “It’s one of those days in camp where guys start fights. When you practice against a new team for the first time during camp, I guess that’s what happens. It’s a little competition that got heated up.”
Moses was so heated Sunday afternoon that Gruden escorted him off the field to calm him down. He wasn’t injured and was back Monday, but Williams didn’t take kindly to what he and the Redskins perceived to be a cheap shot.
“We reacted how we reacted http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-alex-iafallo-jersey ,” Williams said. “There’s no repercussions out here, so stuff can go a little further.”
Referee Carl Cheffers and his crew are supervising the workouts, but he said he’s letting coaches break things up rather than the officials policing the field. That’ll change when the Jets and Redskins meet in each team’s second preseason game Thursday.
“If that happens in a game, there’s multiple ejections and penalties that will cost our football team,” Gruden said. “And that’s the most important thing we got to make sure we get across.”
NOTES: Bowles wouldn’t say if Darnold will start Thursday, sticking to his line that “all three quarterbacks need to be ready.” … Redskins WR Josh Doctson was among those who did not practice, but the team did not say why.
Alec Peters missed his last four shots after the Phoenix rookie had more than quadrupled his career high, at one point turning toward Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and saying, ”I’m tired.”
It will be a night to remember anyway in a forgettable season for both teams.
Peters scored 36 points, 28 more than his previous best, and the Suns beat the Mavericks 124-97 on Tuesday night in a reserve-filled finale for teams headed to the lottery.
”I looked over at coach Carlisle and he was looking at me wide-eyed and I’m like, I’m exhausted right now Jeff Skinner Jersey ,” said Peters, who bounced back and forth from the G League most of the season. ”I know I missed a layup at the end. I’m not going to fret over it too much. Cool night for sure.”
The Mavericks (24-58) entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the NBA and stayed that way while sitting eight players. That included star Dirk Nowitzki, whose 20th season ended last week when he had ankle surgery.
Atlanta finished with the same record after losing at home to Philadelphia 121-113. Orlando can join the Mavericks and Hawks with a loss at home to Washington on Wednesday.
Phoenix (21-61), which had already clinched the worst record and best lottery odds for the No. 1 pick in the draft in June, also didn’t dress eight players. The Suns won for the second time in 19 games to wrap up their third straight season with at least 58 losses.
Johnathan Motley led Dallas with 21 points.
Peters, who had 46 points total in 19 previous games, was 8 of 13 from 3-point range. The Suns shot 76 percent in the second half while outscoring the Mavericks 80-43. It matched the most points the Mavericks have given up in a half.
”We had trouble stopping Larry Bird, dressed up as Alec Peters,” Carlisle said.
Suns: The four players not already listed as out who sat were Devin Booker (right hand sprain), Troy Daniels (left ankle sprain), T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation) and Marquese Chriss (lower back/leg pain). … Rookie Shaquille Harrison had his first NBA double-double with career highs of 18 points and 10 assists.
Mavericks: The two players not already listed as out who didn’t play were Doug McDermott (left elbow contusion) and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness). Leading scorer Harrison Barnes was listed as rest.
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Nowitzki revealed that he spent all season dealing with bone spurs in his left ankle that finally resulted in surgery last week. The German star has maintained that he planned to return next season, which would make him the first to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.
The timing of the surgery was designed to give Nowitzki plenty of time to recover for his offseason regimen. He said he would spend about three weeks in the walking boot he wore in his meeting with reporters before the game.
”I didn’t miss a lot of games this year Luke Glendening Jersey ,” said Nowitzki, who played 77 games, a record for a player in his 20th season. ”I felt fine most of the time. I always said all year that I want to fulfill that two-year contract if possible. I saw nothing this year that was going to stop it.”
Suns: C Tyson Chandler could be attractive in an offseason trade with one year left on a contract that averages $13 million per season. He was a key piece of the Dallas championship in 2011, and returned in a trade with the New York Knicks three years later with one year left on a four-year contract. Chandler signed with the Suns when the Mavericks tried hard to lure DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers. After initially agreeing to sign with Dallas, Jordan changed his mind and stayed in LA.
Mavericks: They seem committed to keeping Barnes, who has two years left on a $94 million, four-year max deal he signed two years ago. The most likely piece in a trade would be G Wesley Matthews, who is going into the final year of a $70 million, four-year deal that got richer when Jordan backed out on the Mavs. While Matthews returned from a ruptured Achilles tendon much quicker than usual in his first season and was durable thereafter, he hasn’t been the difference-making scorer Dallas needs.
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