A scrum erupted at the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp on Monday with the 2021 season starting less than two weeks away, according to multiple reports.
Steelers second-year wide receiver Chase Claypool and veteran security Minkah Fitzpatrick were the main players in the fight. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and DK Pittsburgh Sports were among the media that learned of the fight. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has not commented on the matter.
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“I think we’re still in this training camp mode where it’s that competitive edge. People get nervous,” Steelers defensive lineman Tyson Alualu told reporters via The Post-Gazette. “I think it’s part of the game. I don’t think it’s something you have to look at. It’s part of the game. It’s part of football. But we understand that we don’t want – especially our star players. – we don’t I don’t want anyone to be hurt, we have to be smarter.
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Claypool and Fitzpatrick are two of the Steelers’ best stars. Pittsburgh offensive lineman Kevin Dotson said he only saw a “big heap” but believed the competition between the two players might get intense and someone might have bubbling.
The 23-year-old receiver had 62 catches for 873 yards and nine touchdowns.
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Fitzpatrick was an All-Pro in 2020. He had four interceptions and 79 total tackles in his first full season with Pittsburgh. He has had nine interceptions since the team acquired him from the Miami Dolphins in the 2019 season.