Things got chippy at the Patriots vs. Panthers joint practices for the second consecutive day.
Several players from both teams were thrown out of practice Tuesday due to a brawl in which punches were thrown. It is unclear what prompted that fracas.
On Wednesday, practice between the two teams was derailed when Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey took a hard hit from Patriots defensive lineman Deatrich Wise while heading toward the sideline. NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran reports that Wise's hit was either at or over the boundary, and McCaffrey took exception to that.
Below is a look at the play.
Following Wise's hit, McCaffrey spiked the ball at the defensive end before a group of Panthers converged on the veteran. They drove Wise further into the sideline as numerous players from both sides joined the mob, which descended into a free-for-all.
As the players were jostling one another, the Panthers threw Wise into the front row of the stands, where he landed on a woman. Below are a couple of angles of the scrap.
O yea we got something going here pic.twitter.com/DQvgP01Yp5— AWLSabermetrics (@awlsabermetrics) August 17, 2022
Patriots officials immediately came over to check on the woman after the incident. Per Curran, she was OK and refused medical attention; she was hit in the foot by a helmet.
Just to tie off the scrap aftermath, the woman in the stands who was landed on was hit in the foot by a helmet. She refused medical attention. The Patriots and their medical team were there quickly to make sure she was ok. She was offered tickets to a game later this year— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) August 17, 2022
This fight was one of two to occur at Patriots vs. Panthers practices on Wednesday. The first came after Patriots receiver Kristian Wilkerson suffered an injury following a big hit by Panthers safety Kenny Robinson.
Several Patriots, including special teams coordinator Cameron Achord, went after Robinson as Wilkerson was carted off the field. The duo was responsible for starting the previous day's fight, but no punches were thrown in Wednesday's dust-up.
Even still, Robinson was reportedly ejected from practice for the second consecutive day. Wise and Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard seemed to follow suit and joined him shortly thereafter following the big brawl.
Neither Bill Belichick nor Matt Rhule will be happy with these results.
“We came here not to fight. We came to practice,” Rhule said after Tuesday's practice.
Soon enough, we'll see what the duo says about the behavior of the two squads on Wednesday.