July 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (left) talks to receiver Antonio Brown (right) during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
It's definitely going to get more hype than it deserves, but if nothing else, the deeper meaning is the competitive fire exists between two of the more prominent Steelers players.
CB Ike Taylor and WR Antonio Brown got into a fight, as Jim Wexell reported on Steel City Insider, after Taylor made a diving interception in front of Brown in the end zone. After the team huddle when practice ended, they got into it again, only to be separated by general manager Kevin Colbert.
A third brawl began not long after that, apparently instigated by FS Ryan Clark.
Taylor was thrown out of the team's preseason game against the New York Giants in 2010 after getting in a tussle with Giants WR Hakeem Nicks. Never one to back down, it's not at all surprising Taylor was part of some post-whistle roughhousing, but the multiple-round bout is a bit over the top as far as training camp brawls go.
Makes one wonder if at least some of it wasn't orchestrated. I mean, was Clark bored or something? Keep in mind, the defense stopped the offense on six of seven attempts at the goal line in the final drill of the day, and perhaps that intensity didn't die for the passionate guys Brown and Taylor are.
The judges never turned in their score sheets, so we won't know who won, but we only hope it serves as motivation to fight even harder (albeit between the whistles) the remainder of camp.