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First Big Fight of Camp

There was a minor scuffle in Friday’s training camp practice, but Saturday featured the first real fight. Offensive tackle Joe Reitz and linebacker/defensive end Paul Kruger got tangled up on a routine play. Both players came to blows, which drew a large contingent of teammates into the scrum. Even defensive tackle Justin Bannan jumped up [...]

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, August 8th, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Categories: 2009 Training Camp, Mike Duffy

There was a minor scuffle in Friday’s training camp practice, but Saturday featured the first real fight.

Offensive tackle Joe Reitz and linebacker/defensive end Paul Kruger got tangled up on a routine play.

Both players came to blows, which drew a large contingent of teammates into the scrum.

Even defensive tackle Justin Bannan jumped up as he was getting his ankle taped to join in.

“It was just me and Paul, but then it was like everyone against me,” said Reitz, a former college basketball player at Western Michigan.

Nobody was hurt, and Reitz chalked the fight up to friendly competition in the summer heat.

Head coach John Harbaugh had no problem with the skirmish.

“We’ve had a lot of scuffles before the whistle gets blown, I can tell you that,” he said.  “Those are the scuffles we’re most interested in.  The other ones are irrelevant.  We don’t mind them.  We don’t want them.  We don’t not want them.  We don’t care about them.  The ones before the whistle gets blown – those are the ones that matter.  Our guys have had plenty of those.”

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