The San Francisco 49ers have not been having the best of off-seasons, to say the very least.
The 49ers are desperately trying to recover from their poor 2014 where they missed the playoffs, but aren't helped by Justin Smith, Anthony Davis, Chris Borland and Patrick Willis all deciding to retire, while Frank Gore left in free agency for the Indianapolis Colts.
And things aren't going great on the practice field either, with several fights breaking out at practice.
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Those fights all happened with the same man right at the heart of it: defensive lineman Tank Carradine.
This has been a summer of practice scraps in the National Football League, but Carradine might have just named himself Practice Brawl MVP by getting in two fights in two days. That's some top-level production right there.
Patton Throwing Punches
According to a report from Paul Gutierrez of ESPN, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Carradine went after the 6-foot-nothing, 200 pounds wide receiver Quinton Patton.
"It seemed as though Patton took exception to a hit Carradine put on running back Carlos Hyde, so Patton lowered a shoulder into a prone Carradine along the offensive sideline. And as an exasperated Carradine came after Patton, Patton threw a punch or two," Gutierrez
Gutierrez went on to write that Niners head coach Jim Tomsula was angry. Coach Jim Tomsula stopped practice to tell the team to knock off the fights, although afterward he joked about the difficulty of pulling a guy the size of Carradine out of a scuffle.
“I thought I was going to be a tow truck,” Tomsula said. “Yeah, we handed out a couple citations yesterday. No, it’s the dog days of camp and it gets heated here and there.”
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