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Pittsburgh Steelers OLB Bud Dupree: Bringing a bit too much nasty to the practice field

Things got tense at practice Wednesday as rookie Bud Dupree lashed out at the offensive line.

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Rookie OLB Bud Dupree was fired up on the field Wednesday, bringing a dimension of nastiness to training camp that went a bit too far as he lashed out against the offensive line. First, Dupree got into a fight with offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum. Who stepped in to break it up? Cam Heyward and James Harrison.

You'd think with Harrison reffing practice, Dupree would manage to control himself. Um, no. A few plays later Dupree and offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert came to blows, after which coach Mike Tomlin removed Dupree from the practice field. According to Mark Kaboly, Joey Porter was also involved after the offensive linemen said that "rookie" Dupree should know his place on the team.

Training camp fights have been in the news a lot recently. The highest-profile incident involved Jets QB Geno Smith who had his jaw shattered by former teammate IK Enemkpali, who is now with the Buffalo Bills, over a $600-debt. Other fights have erupted between opposing teams during joint practices. Two days ago there was a huge fight between the Cowboys and Rams during which Dez Bryant sustained a blow to his face and the temporary loss of his diamond earring.

How did the Steelers react to the fight? Chris Adamski tweeted the super-supportive reaction of Marcus Gilbert:

Hopefully Bud Dupree's intensity will translate to more aggressive, effective play against opponents.