Second fight of OTA -- cam Heyward and Wesley Johnson— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) June 11, 2014
The Steelers have nearly wrapped up their OTAs and as we learned earlier this offseason, sometimes Mike Tomlin's "Rule No. 10" of no fighting sometimes gets broken.
And sometimes it takes multiple players to prevent one from a continued violation of that rule.
One sign of competitive #Steelers practice: Several players required to pull Cam Heyward off rookie OL Wesley Johnson. intense for June.— Alan Robinson (@arobinson_Trib) June 11, 2014
The last altercation was between relatively obscure players on the Steelers' radar, but in today's OTA session it was veteran defensive lineman Cam Heyward and rookie offensive lineman Wesley Johnson that got into a bit of scuffle.
Heyward's had a few of these in his short career to this point. He scuffled a bit in last year's training camp as well, making him a repeat Rule 10 Violator. Outside linebacker Vic So'oto and guard Will Simmons sparred in early OTAs sessions as well.
Football is a physical game that can lead to physical altercation, but to see a veteran like Heyward become agitated enough with Johnson to start a fight is relatively surprising. To me, this shows that the Steelers as a team are bringing a high level of intensity to each and every OTA session, and that is always a good thing. It also shows that the rookie lineman, Wesley Johnson, did his part in agitating the veteran.
When all is said and done, these players will be teammates and fighting for the same goal, the Steelers' 7th Lombardi trophy. In the meantime, the players almost certainly echo the fans' frustration of offseason workouts before the season officially kicks off with training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.