New York Jets Brawl in 20-Player Fight at Practice

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New York Jets Brawl in 20-Player Fight at Practice
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Good thing ESPN chose to do its exhaustive coverage of the Jets' training camp last week instead of this week.

Fortunately for the Jets, the cameras missed quite a show on Monday.

The New York Daily News' Jets beat writer Manish Mehta tweeted a play-by-play of a massive brawl that took place during Monday's practice that reportedly involved running back Joe McKnight and cornerback D'Anton Lynn, the son of running backs coach Anthony Lynn.

Mehta tweeted:

Shortly thereafter, the Daily News' Seth Walder tweeted a video of the action:

Post-skirmish, the Associated Press' Dennis Waszak Jr. tweeted that McKnight, in fact, had no idea whom he was fighting until it was all over:

It was just another eventful day at the practice field for the Jets, which once again made headlines for the wrong reason.

It's a shame, too, because quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have made it through months of media scrutiny and a couple of weeks of practices without so much as a smidgen of drama.

Given all of the expectations facing the Jets following the arrival of Tebow, this melee is the last thing they needed. Just before the exhibition schedule begins, no team needs to be saddled with the unwanted scrutiny that accompanies an inter-squad brawl—especially when that squad is attempting to get back to the playoffs after finishing a disappointing 8-8 season.

Right now, the Jets need to be focused on team unity and preparation ahead of a season in which it will be critical to put up a fight against the Patriots in the AFC East.

Fights between third-year running backs and rookies certainly aren't on the agenda for a team desperately in need of an upswing.

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