A defensive lineman got a little too close to Josh Allen at training camp on Saturday, and the Buffalo Bills quarterback wasn’t having it.
Allen sparked a brief altercation with defensive tackle Jordan Phillips at their training camp in Rochester, New York, after Phillips bumped Allen after the play.
Allen, clearly fuming, ran back and shoved Phillips in his helmet — which led to a much larger, although brief, scuffle.
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“Immediately you want him out of that pile,” Bills center Mitch Morse said, via Syracuse.com. “Emotions are allowed to get high - it’s an emotional sport. Tensions run high at times, but you never want it to be carried over or get carried away and someone can get hurt. And then you have some real trouble on your hands and things can escalate quickly.”
The reaction was much more heated — and a lot less fun — than the one he had the day before after he was hit on a running play.
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Allen is entering his fifth season with the Bills this fall. The 26-year-old, who racked up 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns last season, led the team to their third straight playoff appearance — though they were knocked out in the divisional round in a wild battle with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Phillips returned to Buffalo this offseason after spending the past two years with the Arizona Cardinals. He had 22 total tackles in nine games while dealing with various injuries.
While Phillips clearly didn’t try to take Allen out, the contact, especially this early in training camp, wasn’t received well at all — and it’s easy to understand why.