IK Enemkpali Throws Punch at Cyrus Kouandjio During Buffalo Bills' Training Camp

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 11, 2016

Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker IK Enemkpali (75) warms up before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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It is a new year with a new team, but linebacker IK Enemkpali is still throwing punches at his teammates during training camp. 

Per Matthew Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com, Enemkpali "took a swing at Cyrus Kouandjio" at the Buffalo Bills' practice Thursday before fellow offensive lineman Ryan Groy stepped in to make it a "two-on-one situation."

Enemkpali gained infamy while playing with the New York Jets in August last year, when he broke quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a punch in the locker room. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported on his Facebook that a dispute over a $600 payment for a plane ticket started the incident. Smith denied he owed Enemkpali any money, per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday.

As a result of the incident, the Jets released Enemkpali before the Bills then claimed him off waivers. It seemed like a natural fit since head coach Rex Ryan, whom the Bills hired in January 2015, worked for the Jets when they drafted Enemkpali out of Louisiana Tech in 2014. 

The 25-year-old appeared in 11 games with the Bills last season, recording just nine solo tackles. 

Physical altercations between teammates are not uncommon during preseason practices. On Aug. 8, Chris Emma of CBS Chicago reported Chicago Bears offensive lineman Ted Larsen and linebacker Lamin Barrow were involved in an altercation.

However, because of what happened last year, Enemkpali is going to be viewed under a different microscope. He'll have to be careful. His talent and performance aren't so substantial that he can afford to keep making mistakes and remain on an NFL roster.


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