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NFL sends memo reminding teams of prohibition on fighting

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1), left center, and Josh Norman (24), right center, scuffle at the teams NFL football training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT. NEWSPAPER INTERNET ONLY


Fighting has been one of the storylines of 2015 training camps.

From the Redskins and Texans trading hard knocks on Hard Knocks to Cam Newton and Josh Norman throwing down at Panthers practice to the shot heard round Geno Smith’s jaw delivered by IK Enemkpali in the Jets locker room, we haven’t gone too long between fights that have caught eyes and sparked headlines around the football world. The NFL would like to see it stop and league vice president of football operations Troy Vincent has sent a memo to NFL teams reminding them that the ban on on-field fighting is a point of emphasis in the league this year.

Vincent’s memo reiterates that the 2015 league policy for players tells them “don’t fight, and if a fight breaks out involving other players, stay away” and lays down the penalties that are in place for players who violate that edict.

“These rules are in place for the protection and safety of our players and to keep them on the field,” the memo reads, via Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. “As professionals, no matter how emotional the game becomes, there is nothing that should resort to fighting. Coaches are encouraged to emphasize to players, coaches, and other club personnel who are on the sidelines, that fighting will not be tolerated. We greatly appreciate all of your efforts to advance our great game, keep it competitive and professional, and to ensure that it is played to the highest standards.”

The penalties for fighting only extend to in-game situations, although the league is reviewing the Enemkpali-Smith incident for possible disciplinary action.