No sooner did the Raiders offense line up against the defense back in pads, but there was a fight. It was Kelechi Osemele and Mario Edwards, and it wasn't the usual, tame shoving match, but rather punches thrown. A short time later, another fight broke out. And that was it for Osemele and Edwards, as they were sent to the clubhouse and out of uniform
The two would spend much of the rest of practice riding stationary bikes. a few feet from one another. It appeared also that Edwards may have added some injury to the insult as he was wearing ice on his right knuckles, presumably from punching Osemele's helmet -- never a wise decision.
These type of fights are never welcome among teammates. Jack Del Rio has made it clear that once it comes to blows, it won't be tolerated. His quarterback, Derek Carr, shares his feeling on fights. The other day he stepped in between scuffling players to break it up as a "peacemaker."
As an inside rusher, often lining up on the right side of the defensive front, Edwards is blocked quite a bit by Osemele. In blocking drills that I saw, Osemele got the better of that battle. Next to Edwards on the Dline is Justin Ellis, who also finds himself facing off against Osemele as well as the other Raiders interior linemen.
"Yeah, there's been some inside stuff, but you know, I think they're ok," said Ellis. "It comes with training camp. There's never been a training camp that you see nobody get in a fight. Never in history. If you got competition out there, there's gonna be a fight, because you go against this guy every day, you're tired of him, he beating you, you beating him, it's hot, you're tired, you might shove a little bit. They'll get over it, I promise you."
Ellis added that when fights like that happen, teammates self police, telling the two players to "chill out, let's get back to it, don't waste your energy on it". He and the others thought after the first fight between the two, they would get over it, but it came back. He reiterated that they would get over it.
He knows the deal, as do the others; that fighting will not be tolerated.
"Yeah, coach Jack, he's got zero tolerance for it," Ellis added.
Clearly that zero tolerance policy was extended past the first fight. But not for the second. As if to say 'Get over it, get on with it, or get out'.