The Texans traveled to Washington’s camp in Richmond earlier this week and began joint practices on Thursday. Saturday was scheduled to be the last day the teams practiced together.
According to CSN Washington’s Rich Tandler, several fights broke out on two separate practice fields. The first fight “was mostly pushing and shoving with few actual punches being thrown,” Tandler reported. Several players from the first fight joined in when the second brawl broke out on the adjacent field.
Washington posted a clip of the ruckus on Twitter, saying its players were “getting fired up for the season.”
Afterwards, both teams continued practice separately, according to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt told ESPN after practice that he was “perfectly fine” with the fights.
“Sometimes when you’re out there, tempers get flared,” Watt said. “Everybody’s competitive, it’s a bunch of competitive guys on both sides of the ball. Sometimes things happen. It’s just the way it goes.”
Washington tight end Niles Paul told reporters that he felt the teams “basically wasted a practice.”
Washington receiver Pierre Garcon joked that his teammates starting fighting so they would get out of practice early.
Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said he tried to play peacemaker.
“Me being a veteran, I was just trying to get things de-escalated,” Joseph told the Houston Chronicle. “After three days of practice, things can get heated like that. I’m not really glad because we came here to get some good work in. We weren’t able to do that.”
- Dan Gartland