New Orleans Saints rookie left tackle Trevor Penning and a defensive device Malcolm Roach Both were ejected from practice Wednesday afternoon after a heated argument led to an altercation involving several other teammates.
A teammate came over and pushed Penning after the initial altercation between him and Roach, prompting at least 10 other players to come in from the sideline and join the fray.
Saints coach Dennis Allen addressed the team loudly after practice and said he planned to talk to Roach and Penning before Thursday’s practice.
“We don’t have time for that,” Allen said. “I sent two guys off today and we have to do our job. We have to learn as a team how to compete and how to play, how to train and push ourselves to the limit but still not take it over the edge.
“… It’s unusual for something like this to happen in training camp. It’s definitely something we don’t want to see happen. It’s going to be resolved and we’re going to move forward.”
It was the third training session in a row in 2022. first-round pick Penning got into an altercation with a defensive teammate.
He blocked the defense Payton Turner, 2021 first-round pick, on Monday, when it appeared after the game that Turner hit him. Penning shoved him and the two sparred briefly before he was dismembered.
“This is football; we compete,” Penning said Monday. “It’s a tough game for tough guys and you have to be able to accept that. There’s no bad blood between us. We’re just competitors competing.”
Security on Tuesday JT Gray pushed Penning after the block. Penning took a few steps toward Gray, but stopped and walked away as his teammate held his arm.
Penning joined the Saints after a stint at Northern Iowa.
“It’s like when you think he’s done, he’s not,” a teammate Cesar Ruiz said “He definitely has that finishing mentality that you love in a tackle.”
Penning said playing the whistle is part of his nature.
“I think it’s part of my game. It’s just who I am as a player,” Penning said Monday. “But I’m obviously working on my technique. I’m trying to get better at playing technique, knocking down blocks. Finishing ability, that’s something I pride myself on, and that’s always going to be a part of my game.”