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NFL notebook: Bills coach Marrone halts practice, rips team for fighting

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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 8:39 p.m.
 

Bills coach Doug Marrone blew up at his players, sending a message that he's fed up with too many fights and post-whistle shoving matches during practice.

Marrone cleared the field during the middle of a team drill and ordered players to run sprints after several of them exchanged shoves. That included receiver Marquise Goodwin pushing down rookie cornerback Sam Miller from behind.

Marrone then directed his anger at starting defensive end Jerry Hughes on the sideline.

“Why can't you handle it as players?” Marrone yelled. He then motioned toward the locker room and said: “Do you want to play on this team?”

Marrone's blowup occurred on the final day of practice at the Bills' training camp facility in suburban Rochester.

Several fights have broken out during camp, which opened July 20.

The most intense fight occurred Wednesday when rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson ripped off the helmet of center Eric Wood and then connected with several punches.

“We've been hitting on each other for a while and that kind of thing spills over from time to time,” veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “But at a certain point, you have to be a professional and understand there's guys here trying to make the team. And there's a time that you've just got to walk away from it.”

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Jamaal Charles returned to Chiefs practice for the first time since hurting his foot last week, though he's unlikely to play in Saturday night. Linebacker Joe Mays will have surgery on his wrist after hurting it in a preseason game against Carolina and could miss the start of the season.

• The man who performs as the Chiefs' mascot reached a legal settlement over severe injuries he suffered last November while practicing a zip line routine. Lawyers for Dan Meers, better known as KC Wolf, announced the settlement but said the terms prevent disclosure of the dollar amount or the parties involved.

 

 
 


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