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August 06, 2013

"Small melee" disrupts Panthers camp

SPARTANBURG

Well into the second full week of camp, the Panthers had their chippiest practice Tuesday morning, when a number of dust-ups led to what coach Ron Rivera described as a “small melee” involving several players during team period.

No one was visibly injured. Regardless, Rivera wasn't pleased, and told his team so after the two-hour session.

“I think we're getting to the point where we can't wait to play against somebody else. It was disappointing that it lingered and it lasted as long as it did,” Rivera said.

“I'm not saying it was good, but it was good to see the guys have a little bit of attitude about things. But we do most certainly want to save those for Friday (against Chicago), and we don't want to do it against our own teammates.”

Things started when safety D.J. Campbell hit tight end Greg Olsen near the sideline, prompting Olsen to get up, fire the ball at Campbell and yell at him.

Safety Mike Mitchell and cornerback Josh Norman then took turns getting into it with receiver Brandon LaFell. The biggest scrum involved offensive tackle Byron Bell and defensive end Greg Hardy, who was then thrown to the ground by receiver Steve Smith.

Rivera said his message to players was about protecting teammates.

“The bottom-line thing we all have to understand is at the end of the day we need the best 53. We need a healthy 53,” Rivera said. “And we can't afford to have anybody that we really, truly need to get caught up in something like this.”

Rivera also said:

--Running back DeAngelo Williams and receiver Ted Ginn Jr. were given the day off as veterans.

--Fullback Mike Tolbert continues to get treatment for a hamstring injury.

--New offensive lineman Chris Scott is in the mix at right guard, but needs to continue to work on his conditioning.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

Comments

Wow - nothing scream confidence in our current RG situation than rotating players in a like a revolving door three days before the first preseason game.

Posted by: We need a RG | Aug 6, 2013 12:20:45 PM

Smitty throwing Kraken to the ground? Maybe give him a shot at RG?

Posted by: Mike W | Aug 6, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Was Hangartener really that bad that we couldn't keep him around until a better option became available? There is something still missing from that story.

Posted by: Panther Joe | Aug 6, 2013 12:37:26 PM

Did that just say Smitty threw Greg Hardy to the ground?

Posted by: CLTNC | Aug 6, 2013 12:39:35 PM

"defensive end Greg Hardy, who was then thrown to the ground by receiver Steve Smith." How can you not love Steve Smith!

Posted by: jbw | Aug 6, 2013 12:45:47 PM

Smitty is around 200lbs or less, and Hardy is around 285-300. You're telling me that Smith threw him off Byron Bell? That's Old Man strength!

Posted by: DieHardCatz | Aug 6, 2013 12:50:25 PM

Need a vid of Smitty tossing Hardy down.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Aug 6, 2013 12:54:39 PM

I watched Byron Bell get into it a couple times a Fan Fest. Seems like he is a dirty player.

Posted by: Matt | Aug 6, 2013 1:06:57 PM

I imagine Smitty came from behind and threw him off... Smitty def. has leverage to get under him and the power.

Posted by: bryant80 | Aug 6, 2013 1:08:33 PM

Smitty 1
Kraken 0

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 6, 2013 1:16:26 PM

Panther Joe - Hangartner's release saved 4 mil. Newton, Hardy, and LaFell need new contracts. Gettleman viewed Hangartner as equal to or less than Gary Williams. Therefore, made the move. Capice?

Posted by: Fan (Joe Fan to be exact) | Aug 6, 2013 1:21:59 PM

From the article I knew Steve Smith was involved "Roid Rage" is hard to contain

Posted by: kgd | Aug 6, 2013 1:25:02 PM

Smith in another fight...not surprised....

Posted by: Marconi Polonius | Aug 6, 2013 1:25:50 PM

Basic pre-pre season angst and impatience among very big, very aggressive men. If this weren't happening, I'd be more concerned.

Posted by: PantherD | Aug 6, 2013 1:32:57 PM

I'm sure smitty grabbed him from behind and threw him down while he wasn't looking.

Posted by: david | Aug 6, 2013 1:41:47 PM

Wow - nothing scream confidence in our current RG situation than rotating players in a like a revolving door three days before the first preseason game.

that's right just pick a starter and give them all the reps. no need to evaluate anyone else.

Posted by: anon | Aug 6, 2013 1:55:33 PM

And Panthers till not significant to catch any attention on the NFL network or ESPN thru training camp.

Posted by: Tom | Aug 6, 2013 2:21:43 PM

Typical training scrum. No big deal. I'd be worried if they were passive and didn't get in to it. Just glad there were no injuries. Hardy had to be off balance for Smitty to push him down

Posted by: PantherPaul | Aug 6, 2013 2:33:53 PM

"Newton, Hardy, and LaFell need new contracts."

----correction, Newton and Hardy need new contracts. LaFell is going to be the 4th best WR on this team by Game 1, maybe 5th best if Armanti ever becomes more than a player that only performs when it doesnt matter.

you don't dump competent o-linemen from one of the worst o-lines in the league in order to extend 2nd string players.

Posted by: Frank the Tank | Aug 6, 2013 2:44:18 PM

---correction, Newton and Hardy need new contracts. LaFell is going to be the 4th best WR on this team by Game 1, maybe 5th best if Armanti ever becomes more than a player that only performs when it doesnt matter.

Laughable at best. LaFell is our 2nd best WR and Armanti needs to be cut.

Posted by: HotDale | Aug 6, 2013 2:48:49 PM

Sounds like the whole team needs a day off.

Posted by: Allan | Aug 6, 2013 2:53:33 PM

pound for pound smitty is the toughest guy in the nfl, hardy and smitty play with the same intensity and have great repect for each other, probably already laughing it off ... the worst o line in the nfl and competent o-line men is a contradiction, we need big changes up front

Posted by: tunaback | Aug 6, 2013 2:54:24 PM

LaFell is not cut out to be a # 2 receiver and he definitely cannot be the # 1 if Smith were to go down.

Why is it so hard for this team to find a true, reliable option at the # 2 receiver position? Just think if Smith went down how terrible this group of WR's would be. Excluding Lafell and Hixon, they are all undersized and slow.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 6, 2013 2:59:06 PM

Anytime smitty gets into scuffle at training camp he has a great season. Been looking for him to get fired up.

Posted by: chris | Aug 6, 2013 3:05:41 PM

I wouldn't mess with smitty. Ask the Falcons. They still can't play against him.

Posted by: jk | Aug 6, 2013 3:14:54 PM

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