In the first of three joint practices in Washington, the New York Jets got involved in a massive brawl that involved an estimated 30 players.

A Sunday joint practice session between the New York Jets and Washington Redskins more resembled a hockey meeting between the Rangers and Capitals.

The two teams engaged in several fights during their practice at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia, with some scuffles even extending to the stands where fans were gathered. Things appeared to heat up during linemen drills, but reached a boiling point during team situations.

Reporters were situated on the other side of the field, but several fans were able to capture video of the incidents from different angles.


According to Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the triggering event was Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson laying down a hit on Redskins offensive lineman Morgan Moses, igniting the melee. An estimated 30 players were involved in the proceedings.

In a video obtained by Twitter user @MattAbel5, things appear to simmer down after the teams come together, but Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams appears to shove a Jets defender, drawing first blood in the subsequent brouhaha. Redskins fans cheer Williams on as the feud escalates.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles wasn’t pleased with the team’s behavior.

“They’re trying to get better. We’re trying to get better. Some things happen,” he said, according to Kimberley A. Martin of the Washington Post.. “(I’ll) talk to my guys and (Redskins head coach Jay Gruden) will talk to his guys and we’ll have a better practice (Monday). But that’s just a waste of time to me.”

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Per Phillips, Johnson tried to address the media, but was whisked away by a Jets staffer. He reportedly called the fracas “friendly competition” as he was led off.

Phillips also reported that Redskin-turned-Jet Terrelle Pryor was involved in conflicts on the other side of the practice areas, getting into verbal spats with Washington defenders. He provided a rare sense of levity to Sunday’s proceedings after practice, however.

“It was great competition, man,” Pryor said. “They’ve got a great team. We’ve got a great team I respect them all. We all respect each other.”

Moses left the practice field after the brawl with an apparent limp, but Martin later revealed he was “fine”.

While rain eventually brought an early end to Sunday’s session, the Jets and Redskins are slated to come together once more for practice on Monday and Tuesday. The visit culminates with a preseason game on Thursday night at FedEx Field (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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