Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin will miss an undetermined amount of time, expected to be at least the rest of the preseason, after getting into a fight with veteran running back Thomas Jones.
Nick Wright of KCSP 610 in Kansas City broke the news about the incident and it has since been picked up by the major media outlets. News came after several posts discussing the “diva” mentality of Baldwin, who carried a lot of baggage with him from the University of Pittsburgh.
This wasn't Jones' first rodeo, either. He took a swing at fellow Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson when they played together in 2006. Jones finished the season with the team and was then traded to the New York Jets.
The Chiefs front office and head coach Todd Haley have remained silent about the news. The team used a first-round selection on Baldwin even though he was surrounded by red flags. His underwhelming training camp performance followed by a fight with a respected veteran won't win him any friends within the organization.
Wright, the original source of the story, said Baldwin could miss up to eight weeks, which would make him a candidate for the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network confirmed the injury but was less concerned, saying it is not expected to linger.
No matter what, Baldwin is going to lose valuable playing time in his fight to get regular season reps. Jerheme Urban and Steve Breaston had already supplanted him on the depth chart and now Terrance Copper might be able to steal the spotlight too.
Baldwin continues to earn his reputation as a diva while Jones gets in another fight with a teammate. File this story under the “lose-lose” category.