The first official fight of training camp took place Wednesday -- the last camp practice that will be held at the
Performance Center this summer -- and it was a good one. Defensive end
wrestled each other to the ground during one play. Jones wound up on top and both started swinging. Then offensive tackle
was swarmed by a group of defenders, including safety
, and dozens of players jumped in to either get a few shots in or attempt to play peacemaker. Once the players separated themselves, it was back to business and the practice ended without another incident.
OHER AND CODY COME THROUGH:
ended the heated practice on a fun note, challenging offensive tackle
and nose tackle
to catch high-arching punts from
. If they caught one, their respective afternoon meetings would be canceled. Oher coolly dismissed the offense by fielding his punt with ease. But Cody made it interesting, pulling the ball into his body with one hand to give the defense an early night off, too. The players cheered and jumped up and down afterward.
BILLICK IN THE HOUSE:
, who steered the franchise to its only
title, attended practice in advance of Friday night's preseason game against the
, which will be telecast on FOX. Early in practice, Billick chatted for a few minutes with G.M.
and assistant G.M.
. He towered over DeCosta and put his arm around his shoulder as the three talked.
was a popular target in practice. He made a pair of strong-handed catches with a cornerback draped on his back, including one in which he outwrestled
for a pass. He caught a touchdown pass from
during a 7-on-7 drill inside the red zone. And he made a few catches underneath the coverage.
Rookie offensive tackle
, who was back at right tackle with the first-team offense, held his ground all afternoon in pass protection. Whether he was up against linebackers like
or a defensive end like rookie Terrence Moore, Osemele used his strength and wide wingspan to keep pass rushers outside of the pocket.
and wide receiver
returned to practice. Wide receiver
(ankle) did not and is questionable for Friday night’s game. Others not participating included wide receivers Devin Goda (undisclosed) and
(knee); tight ends
(knee); and defensive tackle
“Coleman, I was hoping you would get in the middle of that.” -- running back