Lions Rookies Get Into Fist Fight at Training Camp

Devon Platana
A pair of Detroit Lions got into a fist fight at training camp on Monday.
A pair of Detroit Lions got into a fist fight at training camp on Monday. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

Few things in football are as competitive as training camp. After all, players are competing for a limited amount of roster spots, which means some will do anything they can to prove why they deserve to be on the team. Sometimes, that means an occasional fight will break out.

The Detroit Lions got a taste of that on Tuesday as rookies Amon-Ra St. Brown and Ifeatu Melifonwu got into a fist fight during practice. While he didn't have footage of the incident, The Athletic's Chris Burke did describe that "serious punches" were thrown during the special teams drill.

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It shouldn't be too surprising that the two rookies got into a bit of a scrap. St. Brown is a wide receiver while Melifonwu is a cornerback, so it's only natural that they would get into some sort of battle. At the same time, the situation can be looked at in two different ways.

On one hand, it can be seen as a positive thing because it shows how important making the team is to each man. On the other, Lions head coach Dan Campbell has said that he isn't looking for fist fights at training camp, even if it showcases a player's competitive side. If fist fights continue, don't expect the Detroit coaching staff to tolerate them.

Regardless of Tuesday's fist fight, the Lions have high expectations for their two rookies. The team used a fourth-round pick to select St. Brown this year, who recorded 41 receptions for 478 yards and 7 touchdowns in six games last year. With the team not having a lot of wideout depth, there's a good opportunity for St. Brown to play a significant role. Meanwhile, Melifonwu was a third-round selection at the draft after recording 54 total tackles, one sack and an interception with the Syracuse Orange in 2020. With the talent they've displayed, it's not hard to imagine both players being starters for Detroit this season.

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