The New England Patriots are once again holding joint practices this week, this time with the Chicago Bears. On Monday, they were forced to go without two of their top players for very different reasons.
Shortly after Rob Gronkowski left practice due to an apparent injury, cornerback Malcolm Butler was ejected by Bill Belichick for fighting with Alshon Jeffery.
Malcolm Butler and Alshon Jeffrey were primary players involved. Butler, per Bill Belichick rule, has been ejected from practice.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 15, 2016
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Malcolm Butler got ejected from practice by Belichick for fighting. Jeffery just goes to the sideline— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 15, 2016
Malcolm Butler and Alshon Jeffery got after it after the whistle. Jeffery engaged. Minor pushing and holding facemasks....— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 15, 2016
Here's video of the scrum that occurred after Butler and Jeffery got into it.
The dying moments of the Bears-Pats skirmish... pic.twitter.com/B9vxIgtxnl— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) August 15, 2016
Butler is a fiery player with a great deal of confidence and swagger on the field. It's not much of a surprise to hear he got into it with a talented wide receiver -- one who's also confident in his own right.
This wasn't the only practice fight on Monday. Emmanuel Sanders and Chris Harris Jr. of the Broncos also got into a brawl.