Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was held out of team drills and dealt with soreness in his right hand a day after being ejected from practice along with left guard Kelechi Osemele for getting in a pair of fights. Edwards presumably injured the hand when he and Osemele both exchanged punches on Saturday.
Coach Jack Del Rio didn’t wait to be asked when he met the media on Sunday, jumping right in during his opening statement.
“I think before I even get asked I’ll just go ahead and speak to it so you don’t have to go there with yesterday,” Del Rio said. “A couple of guys got ejected from practice. I just didn’t think they were prepared to do the things we needed to do to help our team continue to work. They were both talked to and understand that’s not how we do things, not what we’re looking for. We basically handled that and put it to rest.
“They’re both going to be fine. I think Mario is still a little sore, but he’ll be fine. Nothing major going on there. So that was good. You can have unfortunate things happen when guys go at it like that, so we’re just grateful that nothing significant came of it.
“We learned a big-time lesson on how important it is to take care of each other and be good teammates and still challenge each other, but be respectful. Anyway, a good week of practice. Five days in a row, it’s a good grind. It’s the last stretch like this we’ll have now that we’ll get into game weeks. We won’t have five straight days in pads like that for the rest of the year.”