GETTING PHYSICAL

Coach Dave Wannstedt likes to see intensity from his players, but Daryl Gardener and O.J. McDuffie went a bit too far on Thursday afternoon.<p>

The two players were involved in an altercation during a two-minute drill, and the incident prompted Wannstedt to stop practice and lecture the players about the importance of controlling their emotions.

"I called the guys out. I called those leaders out and I said you guys got to understand we can practice hard," Wannstedt said. "When we're competing against each other we need to know when to draw the line. We kind of crossed the line today. Guys need to understand what wins and loses games. Crossing the line will lose games."

The altercation began with McDuffie and Gardener exchanging words. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Gardener then pushed the 5-10, 195-pound McDuffie, who then had to be restrained by Jason Taylor.

"The most competitive drill that we do is the two-minute drill, " Wannstedt said. "Winner tries to take all, and we compete first against first, and it got pretty competitive. I can tolerate all the back-and-forth kidding and horsing, but we can't be pushing and shoving and doing that. That won't happen in a game. That's penalties in a game. There's no place for that."


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