In wake of the fights breaking out at joint practices—the Rams and Cowboys this week, the Redskins and Texans earlier in August as depicted on HBO's Hard Knocks—it isn't that shocking to hear that there was nearly a fight between the Eagles and Ravens Wednesday.
That is, until Tim Tebow intervened.
From reports, it was unclear exactly who was fighting or why, but apparently the situation got heated between Philly's third-team offense and Baltimore's third-team defense, one way or the other.
As Bleacher Report's Mike Tanier put it, they parted like the Red Sea.
Tebow is currently thought to be vying with Matt Barkley for the third-string quarterback spot with the Eagles. His diplomatic talents can't hurt his cause.
- Jeremy Woo
GALLERY: TEAMMATES FIGHTING TEAMMATES
Geno Smith vs. Ikemefuna Enemkpali
The starting QB’s jaw was broken when he was sucker punched in the Jets locker room by linebacker Enemkpali at the team’s training camp in New Jersey. "It was something very childish, something sixth-graders could've talked about," coach Todd Bowles said. Enemkpali, who has a history of an arrest in which a stun gun and pepper spray were used to subdue him, was promptly released. Smith was expected to miss 6 to 10 weeks.
Percy Harvin vs. Golden Tate
The incident was kept under wraps for almost a year before it was revealed that the two Seattle receivers got into a fight before the Seahawks took on the Broncos in the 2014 Super Bowl. Receiver Michael Robinson eventually broke up the fracas.
Steve Smith vs. Ken Lucas
On August 1, 2008, Smith, a Pro Bowl receiver, broke cornerback Lucas' nose in a fight during practice and was hit with a suspension of two regular-season games. The melee came after both players, who frequently yapped at each other, had taken off their helmets in between special teams drills.
Carlos Zambrano vs. Michael Barrett
Zambrano shoved his batterymate after Barrett allowed a pass ball and committed a throwing error during the same inning of a June 2007 game against the Braves. Both were taken out of the game, but the fight continued in the clubhouse. Barrett wound up bruised and needing stitches, but he accepted Zambrano's apology.
Lee Bowyer vs. Kieron Dyer
The Newcastle United teammates' frustration with each other got the better of them during a 2005 FA Barclays Premiership match against Aston Villa in Newcastle, England. Exchanging blows shortly after their team took a 3-0 lead en route to a victory by the same score, the pair received red cards and continued their scrape in the dressing room. Two hulking team masseurs finally broke it up.
Bill Romanowski vs. Marcus Williams
Williams, a backup tight end for the Raiders, learned the hard way why you don't mess with Romanowski. They got into a skirmish during a team scrimmage in Aug. 2003 that culminated with Romanowski ripping off Williams' helmet and punching him so violently it shattered his eye socket. Williams never played another game in the NFL. Romanowski was fined and suspended.
Keith Primeau vs. Chris McAllister
These two heavyweights went at it during a Sept. 2002 team scrimmage after a scrum in the corner ended with a stick to Primeau's throat. He retaliated with an elbow to McAllister and soon the gloves were off and punches were flying. Primeau took a couple of hard shots to the jaw, but McAllister had to be taken to the trainer's room to have his hand X-rayed and his broken nose set.
Bill Guerin vs. Brett Draney
During a Dallas Stars scrimmage in Sept. 2002 veteran winger Guerin got ticked off at prospect Draney and gave him hard two-handed slashes to the neck with his stick. Guerin’s ugly attack was caught on video by a TSN crew that was filming a feature on him and the team.
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez vs. Jorge Posada
The Yankee battery had a prickly relationship that boiled over three days after a September 2002 game against Baltimore. El Duque accused his catcher of not informing him of an umpire's warning about the pitcher bringing his hand to his mouth while on the mound. As Hernandez chatted with teammate Raul Mondesi in the Yankees' clubhouse, Posada made a remark that drew a punch to his face.
Randy Johnson vs. David Segui
Johnson the towering lefty took exception to the music Segui was playing in the Mariners clubhouse one day during the 1998 season and shoved the first baseman into a locker. The pair was finally separated by a group of 10 players plus manager Lou Piniella and pitching coach Stan Williams. Segui suffered a sprained right wrist.
Michael Westbrook vs. Stephen Davis
Wideout Westbrook snapped during the Redskins' 1997 training camp, attacking Davis, who had allegedly uttered gay slurs, and beating the running back repeatedly in an ugly incident that was caught on camera. The Redskins fined Westbrook $50,000.
Kevin Mitchell vs. Chad Curtis
During the 1997 season the two Cleveland teammates got into a beef over music with Mitchell flattening the smaller Curtis on a ping-pong table. Curtis sustained a sprained right thumb as was later traded to the Yankees. Mitchell was cut by the team.
Darryl Strawberry vs. Keith Hernandez
Strawberry and Hernandez got into fisticuffs during the team photo session after Hernandez gave his teammate a little grief for being late. Strawberry failed to see the humor and punched the first-basemen before teammates quickly came in and stopped the fracas.
Lou Piniella vs. Rob Dibble
Piniella, the Reds manager, was known for his hot temper, and so was Dibble, a hard-throwing member of Cincinnati's Nasty Boys relief corps. So perhaps it was inevitable that the two would clash, with the dustup finally occurring late in the 1992 season when Dibble claimed Piniella had falsely indicated to reporters that he had a bad shoulder. Piniella called Dibble a liar and the two wrestled in the clubhouse.
Goose Gossage vs. Cliff Johnson
The Yankees were two-time defending World Series champions, but this fight was the first sign that their 1979 season was doomed. The altercation started almost as a joke, but quickly escalated after Gossage made a comment that Johnson couldn't hit him when the two were opponents in the National League. The two went at it in the bathroom, and at one point Gossage fell against a shower wall and injured his thumb, sidelining him for two months.
Steve Garvey vs. Don Sutton
The two Dodgers had a dust-up at New York’s Shea Stadium in August 1978 after Garvey read critical comments about him by Sutton in a newspaper story. Sutton insulted Garvey’s wife and fists flew leaving both men with cuts and bruises.
Billy Martin vs. Everybody
Martin's role as a scrapper was well established. While managing the Twins in 1969, he clocked pitcher Dave Boswell so hard that Boswell needed 20 stitches. In ‘77, Martin and superstar outfielder Reggie Jackson nearly came to blows on national TV in a Fenway Park dugout (pictured). And in 1985, Martin and Yankees pitcher Ed Whitson got into a wild brawl at the team’s hotel in Baltimore that left the fiery skipper with a broken arm.
Reggie Jackson vs. Billy North
The fighting A's of the early 1970s may have been the most combative team in modern baseball history. Perhaps their most famous row came when Jackson, tired of being picked on by North, tackled his adversary and the two exchanged punches. Catcher Ray Fosse hurt his neck in the melee and was out for the year. A Baseball Digest article quoted Jackson this way: "I was wrong...but North has been asking for it."