A truism of NFL spring and summer practices: fighting happens.
It's inevitable. Endless repetition, rising temperatures and the hyper-competitive nature of professional athletes creates a potent cocktail for teammate-on-teammate aggression.
It started after wide receiver Bryan Walters caught a deep sideline pass and appeared to injure his shoulder after crashing to the turf. Walters was being guarded by All-Pro safety Earl Thomas on the play. (Remember, these are supposed to be non-contact drills.)
The Associated Press reported that Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates got into it on the next play, taking swings at each other and sending helmets flying. The two units got into it again, before coach Pete Carroll called the team together.
"When we're out here, everything's happening fast and you know those receivers are kind of soft sometimes," Thomas said, via KOMO News. "When they see one of their teammates, or guys in their same room fall, then they start crying.
"But you just kind of shrug it off and don't pay attention to guys like that. It's all in the game we're teammates at the end of the day. Obviously we're all going after the same goal."
That is some elite passive-aggression, Mr. Thomas. Good job by you.