For the second time at training camp, wide receiver Antonio Brown and cornerback Ike Taylor were involved in a fight during practice.
But this one didn't stop there.
After practice ended at St. Vincent College, Taylor went after Brown in the middle of the field and the players had to be separated by, among others, general manager Kevin Colbert.
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Coach Mike Tomlin tried to dismiss the altercation by saying, "We're competitors ... those things happen," but this went beyond the normal training-camp tussle.
Afterward, Colbert met on an adjoining practice field with Brown, Taylor, safety Ryan Clark and receiver Jerricho Cotchery. Receivers coach Scotty Montgomery later joined the meeting.
Taylor applied an ice pack to his forehead and eventually walked off the field with Brown.
None of the involved players spoke to the media.
The altercation began when Taylor stepped in front of an end-zone pass for Brown and tried to wrestle the ball away. After jostling for the ball on the ground, the players jumped to their feet and Brown threw a punch at Taylor. Several teammates intervened.
That was followed by a spirited goalline drill in which Clark, who did not participate in the drill, stood off to the side and screamed and gestured his support for the defense. The defense dominated the drill, winning six of the seven plays.
The goalline drill was at the end of practice, but it seemed to further incite the players, especially Clark and Taylor. Brown and Taylor were involved in a fight during the first week of camp.
"These guys understand what we're working for, and when we step into stadiums, we're together," Tomlin said. "When you fight your brother, sometimes it gets a little heated ... the guys understand what that's about and they'll leave it on the grass where it should be."
First Published August 12, 2012 10:15 PM