New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler and Chicago wide receiver Alshon Jeffery were in the middle of a massive scrap in Monday’s joint practice.
Late in the session, Butler and Jeffery were lined up opposite each other in 11-on-11 drills, and they were locked up as opposing blockers on a running play. The two grabbed each other, and Jeffery reached for Butler’s facemask. Butler then grabbed Jeffery’s facemask, and the two started swinging each other around.
It quickly escalated from there, as teammates joined in, including Jamie Collins. However, things quickly returned to normal, and Butler was sent off for the rest of practice.
It was the first dustup of camp for the Patriots. Belichick sending Butler to the locker room and not letting him practice after the incident was the smart move for the team. Can’t have players fighting each other in practice as in a game it could result in penalties against the Patriots. Belichick standing firm now shows the team that this kind of antics are not tolerated. Interestingly enough the Bears let Jeffery stay on the field and finish practice.