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UCLA linebacker Myles Jack returns to practice as he puts fight behind him

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack returns to practice as he puts fight behind him
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, shown on the first day of summer camp at Cal State San Bernardino, was back at practice Saturday following a confrontation with a teammate a day earlier. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack was back at practice Saturday, a day after being ejected from workouts following a fight with tackle Conor McDermott.

On the second play during team drills Saturday, Jack and guard Alex Redmond confronted each other during the non-contact play. Afterward, they patted each other on the helmet. A day earlier, Redmond and Jack had heated words as Jack angrily stormed around the field for several minutes following the fight with McDermott.

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Jack apologized later Friday night.

"We're great friends, it was the first day of full pads and there was real competition," McDermott said. "We moved on and today was a better day."

As for the fight, McDermott said, "It's hot out there. When you're an offensive lineman battling in the trenches, you're in the heat of the moment. You have to step back and realize it's one of your teammates and your good friend."

Coach Jim Mora was less chatty about the affair; he adamantly refused to discuss it.

"It was a fight," Mora said. "Everyone is making too big a deal about it."

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