Things got heated at Sunday’s Cleveland Browns training camp session.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, two separate fights broke out during the club’s practice on Sunday. As you can see in the video below, the first one shows defensive lineman Ogbo Okoronkwo slapping offensive tackle James Hudson III in the helmet before running away.
Hudson then chases after Okoronkwo and hits him back in the helmet, leading to a brief scrum before teammates came in to break it up.
Per Cabot, the second fight involved offensive tackle Tyrone Wheatley Jr. and defensive end Alex Wright. The confrontation consisted of multiple players throwing punches:
“About four plays later, the second mini-brawl ensued after Wheatley was engaged with defensive end Alex Wright. It was difficult to tell what sparked the fight, but tempers certainly flared on the final day. It’s as if the players saved up their chippiness and let it rip on getaway day. On the bottom of the tangled pile, punches were thrown by some unidentified players.
The unfortunate part about the second one is that Wheatley, who’s earned kudos from the coaching staff as the backup swing tackle, limped off and into the field house.”
Head coach Kevin Stefanski had Browns’ players to do a set of sprints following the two fights:
Fights between teammates at training camp really aren’t uncommon. In fact, Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce made headlined on Saturday when he punched teammate and linebacker Jack Cochrane after scoring a touchdown in practice.
The 24-year-old Hudson was drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Browns in 2021. He has appeared in 29 games and was a starter for seven of those contests. The 28-year-old Okoronkwo, who won a Super Bowl 56 ring with the Los Angeles Rams, spent the 2022 season with the Houston Texans before signing a three-year deal with the Browns.
The Browns, looking to end a three-year playoff drought, will open their 2023 season with a home contest against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10.
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