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The Bears haven't exactly been gracious house guests of the New England Patriots.

The same could be said for the Patriots in their role as hosts.

For the second straight day, tempers flared during a joint practice between the two clubs in Foxborough.

On Monday, it was Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler who was ejected from practice following a skirmish with Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

The bad blood spilled over into Tuesday's practice as Patriots center Bryan Stork was sent home by head coach Bill Belichick for "a jab to the throat and another wild swing,” according to CSNNE.com's Tom Curran.

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Former Bears and current Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett also got into a skirmish with Bears outside linebacker Lamarr Houston on Monday, but neither player was ejected from practice.

Bears head coach John Fox downplayed the multiple post-whistle occurrences.

"Those weren't fights. Those were just pushing matches," Fox said.

The two teams will hold one more joint practice on Wednesday before finally getting the opportunity to tee off on each other during Thursday's preseason tilt.