The Raiders are teetering on the edge of overagression.
For the second time in three days, the Raiders saw a training camp practice marred by fighting. This time, it forced Raiders coach Jack Del Rio to kick two players out of practice.
Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele and right defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. threw punches twice in about a five-minute span that led Del Rio to declare he had seen enough. Both players left the field and a team spokesman confirmed they were kicked out of practice. Del Rio was not scheduled to speak to the media and was not available to comment.
Of immediate concern is the impact on the fighting to Edwards, who had an ice pack on his right hand when he hit the weight room following his ejection from practice.
This comes two days after quarterback Derek Carr condemned in-practice fighting in part for that exact reason. Del Rio was also pretty clear during the team’s organized team activities how he feels about fighting .
“I’ve always felt that as teammates you should respect each other,” Del Rio said in May. “We can’t afford to lose somebody. We can’t afford to train ourselves to respond in a way that’s not appropriate for a game.”
Beyond booting the players from the field, Del Rio gathered the team in a circle after practice to chat.
Donald Penn, who two days ago was among those involved in a dust-up between a good chunk of the offensive and defensive players, seemed to play peacemaker Saturday.
Penn walked Osemele off the field after the second fight and then returned to take Edwards over to the next field over for a chat.
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