After Practice: No Reason To Worry About A Scuffle

Kliff Kingsbury already said the Cardinals would deal with camp fights -- and perhaps "fight" is too strong a term -- as they came, and the coach basically shrugged off the facemask-pulling-and-shoving confrontation between cornerback Robert Alford and wide receiver Damiere Byrd.

"That was more of a scuffle, two guys just being competitive," coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday morning. "Going at each other every day, that wasn't really much."

"The Major League Baseball fight, you all see that one?" Kingsbury asked, referring to the Red-Pirates donnybrook. "That's how you get it done right there. Take on the whole team."

Perhaps it's just that time of camp, though, a week in, with no one to battle except the same teammates over and over. Wednesday, there were no scuffles, but there were near-misses. Running back D.J. Foster and safety Rudy Ford got verbally heated after a play, and when on the next play Ford blitzed and headed for blitz-pickup man Foster full speed, Foster got knocked down, tried to grab at Ford and then the two bellowed at each other after. Later, linebacker Dennis Gardeck and guard Justin Pugh began getting into something after a play, with center Mason Cole flying in to shove Gardeck -- and Kingsbury yelling from the sideline to knock it off.

Neither reached even the scuffle level of Alford-Byrd or certainly Reds-Pirates, but nerves may be fraying just a bit.

-- It was a short session. The Cards started stretching around 10:45 or 10:50 a.m., and they were done a little after 12:30 p.m. The team has another 10:50 a.m. practice scheduled for Thursday.

-- On the first pass of 11-on-11, Kyler Murray's throw was tipped by cornerback Robert Alford, who had been in coverage, and picked off by linebacker Jordan Hicks.

-- There was a good chunk of run game work during the shortened day, with plenty of handoffs coming out of the shotgun.

-- Center A.Q. Shipley got a veterans day off, so Mason Cole got all the first-team reps and rookie Lamont Gaillard got some reps at center after spending most of camp so far at guard.

-- Rookie third-round defensive lineman Zach Allen is looking really good. He's strong and his bull rush is something to behold. I noted after the draft he was someone I thought to watch, and that's proving out so far.

-- Tackle Rees Odhiambo and linebacker Joe Walker had some sort of collision during a play and both went down. Both eventually were walking around, but we'll have to see if they miss any time.

-- Rookie safety Jalen Thompson came up with a pick during 7-on-7, and cornerback Chris Jones made a noticeable pass breakup on a deep pass during the same session.

RB D.J. Foster and S Rudy Ford battle in Thursday's practice.
RB D.J. Foster and S Rudy Ford battle in Thursday's practice.

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