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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Practice report: Jones needs a brief time out

By Peter Yoon

Defensive end Datone Jones, a camp standout the last few weeks, nearly lost his cool during an altercation with an unidentified teammate Thursday during UCLA's practice and was sent to the sidelines for a brief period before returning.

He needed some calming words from defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield, but then rejoined his teammates after sitting out for about 10 plays.

"I just let my emotions get to me," said Jones, a normally even-keeled player who is expected to be a defensive leader for the Bruins this season. "I took a few plays off to get my mind right and realized it was pretty selfish of me and I apologized to my defense and it will never happen again."

It was the second consecutive day that things got chippy between the defense and offense. On Wednesday, defensive tackle Cassius Marsh and center Kai Maiava let things escalate to the point where Marsh threw his helmet to the ground and pointed in Maiava's direction yelling some choice words.

Jones, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior who sat out last season because of a broken foot after totaling 30 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and four sacks as a sophomore, said his altercation did not get to the helmet-throwing level, but included the choice words.

"It’s going to happen," he said. "You’re going to have fights with your teammates on the field. You’re going to get into it. I guess we’re getting close to game time and things are getting tense."

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