New York Jets Brawl in 20-Player Fight at Practice

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  Joe McKnight #25 of the New York Jets in action against the Buffalo Bills during their game on November 27, 2011 at  MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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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:


Wow. Huge fight breaks out between joe McKnight and d'anton Lynn. McKnight throws ball at Lynn. Fight Spills into media area

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) August 6, 2012


That fight was insane. After McKnight catches pass from McElroy. Lynn shoved Mcnight out of bounds. Then rumble ensued. 20 players involved

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) August 6, 2012


Rex Ryan ran over and broke up the fight, which was about 10 feet away from barricade separating fans. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) August 6, 2012


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


Here's some video of the fight, shortly after Lynn wrestled McKnight

— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) August 6, 2012


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:


Joe McKnight said he didn't know who it was that he fought with until later. Said "it's fun" at the bottom of a pile. #Jets

— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 6, 2012


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.