Both sides were asked to play nice. Cary Williams either didn’t get the message, or didn’t listen to it.
Not long into the scrimmage portion of the Eagles-Patriots practice, Williams got into it with receiver Aaron Dobson, grabbing the rookie by the facemask. Kelly sent him to the sidelines, and he stayed there for the remainder of practice.
“Yeah, we both talked [he and Bill Belichick]. Someone got in extra curriculars they were going to be done for the day,” said Kelly. “It was one way we made sure that didn’t continue. So I don’t know exactly name-wise who it was for them, but he sat and our guys sat. That was one thing we agreed upon. We didn’t want this to turn into a wrestling match. Both of our squads knew before it happened. If you’re going to get in a skirmish, you’re going to sit.”
Kelly is not big on practice dust-ups to begin with. He preaches discipline, believing that if you respond during practice in that way, you’ll do it in the games as well and cost your team.
There were no other skirmishes during practice.
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Connor Barwin was ill Tuesday and did not practice. Jason Peters (hamstring), Dennis Kelly (back), Antonio Dixon (hammy) and Ed Wang (knee) did not practice. LeSean McCoy, who missed Monday’s practice with a minor knee injury, worked mostly off to the side. Damaris Johnson left early with a hamstring injury. Felix Jones also suffered a hamstring injury.