Pretty everyone and their grandma saw some sort of skirmish coming between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams this week.
Between a pair of joint practices and Saturday’s preseason game, something bad was bound to happen between the two tams that just had a very hard-fought and emotional Super Bowl LVI clash earlier this year.
After Wednesday’s session went off without a hitch, things broke down in a big way on Thursday, as both teams engaged in a fight that saw Aaron Donald swinging not one but two Bengals helmets.
You can clearly see Donald’s helmet swing make contact with at least one Bengals player’s own helmet.
Here's a closer look at Aaron Donald from @SGdoesit. Helmets flying. pic.twitter.com/yBAN1DYnhD— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) August 25, 2022
Like 95% confident it’s volson (67) who took the first blow. Highly doubt donald cared whom it was tho. https://t.co/W4l0sEUQq0 pic.twitter.com/kIbxwmHjLS— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) August 25, 2022
It wasn’t that long ago Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett was suspended six games for essentially doing the same thing Donald just did in a fight with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
However, it doesn’t appear Donald will be suspended, and it’s because of a pretty weird technicality.
Clubs -- not the NFL -- are responsible for overseeing conduct of players at practice, including joint practices. So fair to say league discipline for Aaron Donald (or anyone else) in today's brouhaha is unlikely. https://t.co/VfmDycxBKh— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 25, 2022
So, the NFL has no problem suspending players for various things they do off the field or in an actual game but can’t suspend a player for something he did on the practice field? Makes total sense.
Between the suspensions to Garrett and most recently Deshaun Watson, if Donald isn’t suspended for his antics, the Browns will be, as Watson likes to say, “triggered,” so at least some good would come of this scenario.
All told, do you think Donald should be suspended? What should his punishment be? Let us know in the comments section!