Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Brawls End Texans-Redskins Practice

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Brawls End Texans-Redskins Practice

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Brawls end joint Texans, Redskins practice early

The joint portion of the final practice involving the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans in Richmond, Va., came to an end Saturday when a series of fights broke out.

The teams had just started working against each other when the first skirmish occurred. When more followed on subsequent plays, and on both fields, the coaches decided to break the teams apart and each team worked on its own field for the rest of the session.

The change in plans caused Redskins coach Jay Gruden to agree the day was somewhat wasted.

"Initially we had a couple on our field on the offensive field, and I was just going to cut that period out and have everybody go to the side, let everybody cool down and finish practice," Gruden said, "but then the other one broke out on the other field and it wasn't worth it. Injuries take place.

"Obviously, it wasn't a good situation, but we missed an opportunity to get better today against a good team."

Gruden and Texans coach Bill O'Brien initially tried to let their teams know the fighting wasn't acceptable, but Gruden added: "Unfortunately, it wasn't two people. It was a group of men" and "for whatever reason, it escalated into a nasty brawl."

The fights came early in the joint portion of the workouts as a heavy rain fell.

Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker said one of the fights started when a Houston offensive lineman tried to "clean him off the pocket." Baker says when he removed his helmet and confronted the player, the player hit him with a right hook and a brawl ensued.

Baker says the Texans were angry because the Redskins got the best of them in their joint workout on Friday.

Hamstring sidelines Bryant * Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is returning to Texas from Oxnard, Calif., for surgery on a broken right hand, and All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant missed practice because of a strained hamstring.

Coach Jason Garrett said defensive end Kenneth Boatright remained hospitalized two days after injuring his neck in practice but that all tests had come back normal.

Carr, who is set for surgery Monday in the Dallas area, was hurt engaging a receiver during practice Thursday. …

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