A massive brawl erupted at a joint practice between last year’s Super Bowl teams — the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals — Thursday afternoon, and All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald appeared to be in the middle of it.
Practice was reportedly heated from the start, with a couple of scrums happening prior to a third that resulted in an all-out fight. Donald was seen on video swinging around two Bengals helmets before being shoved out of a pile.
Tempers usually run high at these joint practices, but coaches don’t want to see players fighting and risking injury.
It was the first time the teams met since the Rams defeated the Bengals for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, and things clearly erupted.
Donald, an eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, could be facing discipline for his actions based on past discipline for players using helmets during brawls.
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a 2019 regular-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, after he removed quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit Rudolph in the head with it.
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While the latest fight occurred in a training camp practice, the severity of the incident is no less serious.
The Rams defeated the Bengals, 23-20, in the Super Bowl Feb. 13.
Donald collected two sacks on quarterback Joe Burrow in that contest and had the final pressure with 43 seconds remaining to seal the Rams’ victory.
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