Well, it only took 14 practices for the first real fight to break out at Eagles training camp. It happened Monday morning when rookie left tackle Andre Dillard took issue with third-year defensive end Derek Barnett almost knocking down his quarterback.
The two got into a feisty scrum during 11-on-11 team drills and needed to be pulled apart by teammates. According to reporters on the scene, Barnett rushed across the line and pushed Dillard into Carson Wentz and the quarterback nearly fell to the ground. Dillard, fearing for Wentz’s safety, shoved Barnett and the two young players went at it for a few minutes before tumbling to the turf. No one was injured and Barnett and Dillard hugged it out after all was said and done.
Dillard was seen speaking with both head coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman for a lengthy conversation after practice. Neither one immediately addressed the media. However, starting left tackle Jason Peters seemed to brush it off in comments to 94WIP.
“That’s football man,” Jason Peters said of the fight, via 94WIP. “You’re going to have days like that. It’s good to have practices like that. You’re gonna fight your brother some days and love them some days too. It’s good to have days like this.”
Unfortunately, the fight occurred during the portion of practice where cameras were not allowed to film.
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