FOXBORO, MASS. (WHDH) - Fighting between players broke out for a second straight day at New England’s training camp as the Patriots continued to practice with the Carolina Panthers.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., tempers flared after Patriots wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson took a massive hit during punt return drills. Carolina’s Kenny Robinson, the sole Panther kicked out for fighting on Tuesday, reportedly stood over the injured Patriot. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Patriots captain Mathew Slater was one of several players that arrived on the scene to back up their injured teammate.
“When you have a teammate who is hit, who is down, there’s clear symptoms of what has happened to him… and then you have players celebrating that act, I take issue in that,” Slater told reporters after practice. “And I don’t have a problem saying that.”
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule told reporters that Robinson was ejected from practice for taunting him.
Shortly after, New England Defensive End Deatrich Wise Jr. and Panthers running back Christian McCaffery initiated another dust up after the Patriot pass rusher laid out the Carolina rusher near the sideline. McCaffery threw the ball in Wise’s direction, leading to another dust up.
Wise was ejected for New England while Chuba Hubbard was ejected for Carolina.
Wednesday’s series of scuffles followed yesterday’s massive brawl, which featured multiple interruptions after players on both teams threw punches.
Wednesday was the second day of joint practice between New England and the Panthers. Both teams will face one another for a preseason matchup at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
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