On Friday night during a drill at a Pittsburgh Steelers training camp practice open to the public, two players locked up and started throwing punches. Bill Phillips of WPXI was on hand and got a nice action shot of the scuffle:
— Bill Phillips (@WPXI_BPhillips) August 2, 2014
The two players involved were running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker Vince Williams. Several other little skirmishes also broke out during the session, including one between Chris Carter and Kelvin Beachum and another between Maurkice Pouncey and Hebron Fangupo.
There doesn’t appear to be any bad blood between the two of them. The next day Williams told the Post Gazette that it was all water under the bridge:
“Me and Le’Veon are cool… We’re just competitors going after it. Things like that happen. It’s not like me and him don’t like each other or have a beef. When you get in a heated drill like that, he wants to win and I want to win. Things like that happen.”
It’s par for the course at this time of year. Players are tired of hitting the same guys every day in practice and each team is eager to get out onto the field and play against a real opponent. Pittsburgh will get its chance on Saturday night when they visit MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants, who got an early start on their pre-season last night, defeating the Buffalo Bills 17-13.