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.