Sunday, July 28, 2013
Dolphins have first fight of training camp
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- It took a full week of practices, but the Miami Dolphins finally had their first fight in what’s been another hot and humid training camp.
The sun was beaming in South Florida on Sunday morning, and the Dolphins also had another physical practice in full pads. So it wasn't a surprise that tempers flared between teammates during 11-on-11 drills.
Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick got into it with offensive lineman Josh Samuda, who is getting a look on the first-team offense at both guard and center. The pair continued to scuffle after the whistle and had a wrestling match on the ground. After the fight was broken up, Odrick ripped off his helmet and fought through teammates in an effort to get more of Samuda.
After practice, I asked Odrick about everything that went down.
“It’s just the heat of the moment, and things like that happen,” Odrick said. “It’s two football players working hard to be good, and it gets like that sometimes when you’re playing a physical game.”
Fighting in training camp is an annual rite of passage in the NFL. However, the Dolphins had a quiet start with scuffles up until that point.
“You know, that was a balloon waiting to pop,” Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake said. “But I think it’s good. Obviously everyone is out there trying to make a play. They’re trying to make our day terrible, and we’re trying to make their day terrible. At the end of the day, we’re all teammates and we go in there and shake hands.”
Cooler heads eventually prevailed. Several minutes later Odrick walked over to Samuda in practice and the two shared a laugh together.
“We’re all on the same team. His locker is three over next to mine,” Odrick explained. “Me and Josh are good friends. ... You’re kind of glad things like that happen. You kind of see what kind of guys you have on your team, and I’m glad Josh is on my team. He’s a guy that’s willing to stand up and fight for the rest of his linemen.”