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“Just another day at "Camp Chaos." "We had to remind guys that the enemy isn't in green and white," said Ryan, explaining what he told the team. On Tuesday night, Ryan cancelled meetings and took the team on a trip to a local movie theater, according to a source. The night out had been scheduled in advance, but the timing worked out nicely -- a chance to cool off and escape the drudgery of camp. With Monday's melee perhaps still on his mind, Ryan halted practice as soon as tempers flared. During a "thud" drill -- not full contact -- rookie running back Terrance Ganaway ran hard into rookie linebacker Demario Davis. It sparked emotions between the offense and defense, resulting in shoving and jawing. Ryan called the team together and, for about a minute, invoked the salty vocabulary he made famous two years ago on HBO's "Hard Knocks." "Apparently, somebody didn't get the message," Ryan said. About 15 minutes later, cornerback Antonio Cromartie yelled at rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill and mugged him on the next play, prompting receivers coach Sanjay Lal to scream for a penalty flag. Moments later, Cromartie decked tight end Dustin Keller on a pass over the middle -- a cheap shot in a 7-on-7 drill. At that point, Ryan called for wind sprints. Quarterback Tim Tebow made like Forrest Gump, winning each sprint by a wide margin. "I thought Cro should've backed off and not hit Dustin," said Ryan, adding that he called for the punishment laps "to let them know how serious I am about it. I also wanted them to run until I was tired (of watching them)." Cromartie refused to speak with reporters. He sparked a controversy last week, telling ESPN he'd rank himself as the second-best receiver on the team -- annoying the team's receivers and fueling a war of words. Just two weeks ago, Ryan talked about how glad he was to be back in Cortland, where he expected the time away from home to foster team unity. This was a team that fractured last season, culminating with a Santonio Holmes-Wayne Hunter scuffle in the huddle in the final game. So far this summer, they've had two consecutive days of fighting and verbal brushfires. "You guys are just tired of talking about Tebow, so now you're talking about fights," safety Eric Smith said. When the punishment sprints were done -- several players said they hadn't run gassers since high school -- Ryan called the team together and delivered another profanity-laced screed. Quarterback Mark Sanchez addressed the team at the end of practice, earning kudos from Ryan for displaying leadership. The scuffles all occurred with owner Woody Johnson watching from the sideline, telling reporters that Monday's brawl was "pretty minor" and that three weeks in Cortland would do wonders for team chemistry. A third confrontation occurred a short time later, when guard Brandon Moore screamed at defensive tackle Marcus Dixon after tackle Dennis Landolt was injured while blocking Dixon in a pass-rushing drill. Landolt was carted off the field with what Ryan called a subluxed knee -- about a three-week injury.
We had to remind guys that the enemy isn't in green and white.” -- Rex Ryan