Looks like the Redskins have another archrival in The Lone Star State.
During their final joint practice Saturday, in Richmond, Virginia, more players than expected from both Washington and the Houston Texans went helmet-to-helmet in an all-out brawl.
Actually, it was several rounds of fights, and the reports about what kicked it off are equally conflicting.
One source says it was a late hit, another says it started with some trash talk. According to Chris Baker (Washington, DL), it started Friday. “We were just having a good practice and No. 60 [Ben Jones], their starting center, came and tried to clean the pocket out and we exchanged some words,” he said. "Ain’t nobody gonna come in here and talk some smack and try to set the tone here, so we’re going to be the tone-setters around here.”
Though preseason kicks off in a week, the two teams won't meet again in 2015-16. That frustrated the Skins' head coach Jay Gruden even more. “Obviously, it wasn't a good situation... we missed an opportunity to get better today against a good team,” he said.
Niles Paul (Washingotn, TE) offered: at least it's a sign of that Redskins resilience (you know, the kind that keeps them coming back to the field after those repeatedly failed fourth quarters). “Everybody came in and had each other’s back,” he said. “Even when the defense got into it we all ran to each other’s side. Obviously we can’t do that in a game because everybody would get fined or suspended, but we did what we were supposed to do as a team and you can see it’s coming together.”
See clips of the fights below.
BET Sports News — Get the latest news and information about African-Americans in sports, including weekly recaps, celebrity news and photos of your favorite Black athletes.
(Photo: John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)