The Washington Redskins and New York Jets are scheduled for three days of joint practices, plus a preseason game, but the teams wasted no time getting confrontational on Day 1 in Richmond.
Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson hit Redskins offensive lineman Morgan Moses after a play, triggering a brawl between the two teams that disrupted the practice.
On the other practice field, words exchanged between Redskins cornerbacks and Jets receiver Terrelle Pryor, who played in Washington last year, turned into some scuffles.
The third field, the hill where thousands of fans gathered to watch practice, wasn't exempt either. Two fans began fighting and had to be separated by police, on a day where a near-capacity crowd split evenly between the teams was mostly in good spirits.
After the fights, a torrential rainstorm caused practice to be called about 20 minutes early.
"Bunch of rain, bunch of [bullcrap]. We'll handle it accordingly on Thursday," said safety D.J. Swearinger, referring to the preseason game between the two teams on Thursday. First, there are two more joint practices to get through.
Johnson, the Jets player who made the initial hit, tried to talk to a Times-Dispatch reporter, but a Jets PR staffer pushed him towards the locker room, saying that Johnson had to lift weights.
"It was a friendly competition," Johnson yelled as he was carried away.
Moses left the field with trainers. His status is unknown, and the Redskins did not make him available for interviews.
"You never want to hit a guy after the play," tight end Jordan Reed said. "That's disrespectful to all of us. We're all professional athletes."
After an offseason of long-distance trash talk between Pryor and the Redskins defense, some kind of fireworks felt inevitable.
But instead of those units doing the fighting, it was the Redskins offense and the Jets defense. After Moses went down, Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams sought immediate revenge, throwing haymakers as the sidelines cleared.
"Every time I turned around, they were over there fighting each other," said Washington cornerback Josh Norman. "Big Mo, he was very upset coming in here. It's tough to go out there and try to get good work in when guys look at you differently and go a little bit harder than expected."
After the practice, Redskins executive Doug Williams huddled with members of the Jets front office. The two teams now have to decide on a course of action for the next two practices.
"We're not getting each other better," running back Chris Thompson said. "We're just being out here to be out here.
"I mean, we got something out of it in the beginning, but after that I got to a point where I was just waiting for a fight to happen. I kind of took myself out because I didn't even want to get into all of that."
Joint practices aren't subject to the same rules as games, so the NFL can't fine players for their actions Sunday.
"Me personally, I think practicing against ourselves would be better," Norman said. "But I don't make the rules."
The man in the middle of the action, Pryor, stood in the pouring rain and acted as though nothing had gone wrong, a rare bit of zen on a crazy day at camp.
"It was great competition, man," Pryor said. "They've got a great team. We've got a great team.
"I respect them all. We all respect each other."