NFL joint practices have their perks from time to time.
Because after a summer of friendly fire hitting your teammates, it is good to go after someone in an opposing uniform.
But I doubt that this is what anyone had in mind:
It’s blurry camp video, but it looks like Rams star defensive lineman Aaron Donald is taking swings *WITH A HELMET* at Bengals players during a scrum at a practice the two teams are holding out west. Donald comes out of the ruckus stumbling while holding what looks to be a Bengals helmet after a number of swings in a crowd. What chaos!
If the dust settles and that is Donald, then I imagine there will be some repercussions coming down the line. There is precedent for punishment in situations like this. Remember when Myles Garrett was given an indefinite suspension for whacking Mason Rudolph with his own helmet? That was ultimately whittled down to six games, which is important to note. But it’s something to he aware of once this situation clears up between the Rams and Bengals.
UPDATE 1 — NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero doesn’t make it seem like punishment would come down from the league:
I think I understand where this is coming from, as these are team collaborations. But this looks to be something above and beyond the types of skirmishes we’re used to seeing when these joint practices get out of line.
UPDATE 2 — A breakdown from NFL Live:
Yeah, I’m not sure Donald is going to go unscathed here — even if the NFL doesn’t get involved.