Most Serious Scuffles of 2012 NFL Training Camps
Every year, a number of fights break out in training camp, and NFL coaches go through the same mantra that fights in training camp don't matter.
To play devil's advocate, we must investigate which fights actually might matter in the grand scheme of the season.
The following scuffles are the most serious of training camp thus far.
New England Patriots: Nate Solder vs. Brandon Spikes
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Solder and Spikes are going to be big team leaders in the next few years as other players retire, so to see them fighting is not a good thing.
Also, Spikes is coming off of a knee injury, and he had to sit out a few plays before returning.
Baltimore Ravens: Jah Reid vs. Entire Secondary
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With Cory Redding and Jarret Johnson leaving this offseason, the Baltimore Ravens lost a lot of veteran leadership—and it's beginning to show.
At Ravens camp, offensive lineman Jah Reid managed to anger the entire Baltimore secondary, getting into a fight with a host of defensive backs and, according to Lardarius Webb, getting beat up in the process.
The team needs to figure out where its veteran leadership is going to come from in 2012. Outside of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, this team seems emotionally soft right now.
New York Jets: Joe McKnight vs. D'Anton Lynn
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While there were other Jets fights that could have gone on this slide, it's fitting to pick the most publicized one.
Joe McKnight and D'Anton Lynn sparked a brawl of about 20 players at Jets camp right in front of the media box, which shows that this team is not ready for the hype it's been receiving.
The Jets are about to crack under the pressure, and the media wants nothing more.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ike Taylor vs. Antonio Brown
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Ike Taylor and Antonio Brown got into a fight at Steelers camp, which only goes to show that the veteran leaders on the Steelers don't think too highly of Brown just yet.
Brown, who had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2012, has been filling in for holdout receiver Mike Wallace, and the former looks like a great fit on paper.
Wallace needs to get back to camp, or else this team is going to collapse under the pressure.