The Los Angeles Rams’ second joint practice with the Las Vegas Raiders had to come to a sudden halt when the teams kept fighting with each other.
Gruden and McVay weren’t pleased by the disruption to the practice plan for the Raiders and the Rams, who will meet again in a preseason game Saturday night at SoFi Stadium.
Once a massive brawl had calmed down, Gruden could be heard ordering his players off the field: “To the bus!”
“Everybody knows better,” Gruden said. “It wasn’t everybody fighting. It’ll be on TV. You’ll see a bunch of guys screaming and yelling, but it was two guys in a special teams period, and then it was a lot of trash talking that just escalated. Just sickening, really, it’s just stupidity, but I’m done with that. It’s just child’s play to me.”
McVay called the skirmish “unfortunate.”
The Rams finished up the practice against themselves while the Raiders boarded buses back to their hotel.
“I did think that there was a lot of good work that we were getting in,” McVay said. “We only had a little bit left, and it felt like the best decision, just based on kind of the temperature of the situation, was (to) bag the last eight plays in the team period that we had.”
All-Pro Aaron Donald wasn’t involved since he had the day off.
“It’s football, man,” Donald said. “Honestly, every joint practice I’ve ever been a part of, there’s always a fight. The way things happened yesterday, how physical it was, I was pretty sure it was going to come back and be a lot of BS.”