Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Steelers aim to keep joint practice fight free
By Scott Brown
LATROBE, Pa. -- Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor offered his unique take on the brawl that broke out -- and almost got really ugly -- Tuesday during a joint practice between the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys.
“They should have paid per view that one,” Taylor said Wednesday as rain once again pelted Western Pennsylvania.
The Steelers hope nothing that would be worthy of charging people to watch on TV happens this afternoon.
The Steelers close out training camp with a pair of joint practices with the Buffalo Bills, weather permitting, this afternoon and Thursday, and they break camp on Friday.
The Raiders-Cowboys melee, which erupted right in front of a cluster of fans, served as a reminder that as happy as players are to practice against a different opponent tempers aren’t always kept in check.
“Going against someone else you always want to prove a point,” said Taylor, who will take part in his first joint practice at training camp. “The testosterone level is sky-high on the field.”
That is the case no matter who players are lining up against, making training camp fights are inevitable.
The Steelers nearly brawled among themselves on Aug. 1 after Le’Veon Bell and Vince Williams wrestled each other to the ground at the end of a back-on-’backers drill. And Tuesday Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown slapped rookie cornerback Shaquille Richardson in the helmet and the two had to be separated.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gave his take on training camp fights Wednesday morning on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show.
“I think it’s one of those things where you like to see the aggressiveness,” Roethlisberger said, “but I don’t like it for the fact that I don’t want someone to get hurt, hurt a hand or something like that. That’s where I stand on it.
“I usually just keep my distance because I’m a little guy compared to those guys that are usually fighting. The crazy thing about a quarterback, he’s a lot like a goalie. When he starts a fight people always jump in. Your linemen always get in there before anything, so it’s kind of a nice thing.”