The Los Angeles Rams deal with their own discipline after a helmet-swinging brawl that canceled practice with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.
A Rams spokesperson declined to specify whether star defenseman Aaron Donald or anyone else would be disciplined after Thursday’s hard-fought battle in Ohio, saying only that they would “remain in-house.” rice field.
The Rams and Bengals practiced jointly in Ohio on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s preseason matchup between last year’s Super Bowl teams. A large brawl broke out between the teams after a few minor incidents.
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Footage from the game showed one player brandishing his helmet at the other team, and Donald was pushed to the ground with the Bengals’ helmet in his right hand. Donald was later seen holding two Bengals helmets in his hands.
It’s unclear what caused the scuffle in the first place. Practices were quickly stopped after the situation calmed down.
No doubt the league itself handled the penalties if the incident occurred during a match. Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and brandished it at him during the game, before he played six games in 2019. I received a suspension.
The NFL has traditionally let teams handle discipline after an incident at a joint practice. The league can certainly come up with its own punishment, but the Rams’ internal punishment, whatever it is, could be the end of the story.
But Saturday’s preseason game between the two teams may be a little more contentious than usual.