Seahawks DL Frank Clark Kicked Out of Practice for Punching Offensive Lineman

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Seahawks defensive lineman Frank Clark punched offensive lineman Germain Ifedi in the jaw forcing Ifedi to head to the locker room and miss the rest of practice today, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

Veteran Michael Bennett, who is often at the center of such incidents, said may have crossed a line and one coach Pete Carroll called disappointing.

Carroll said Ifedi is “fine” but did not elaborate and also referred to him as “hurt.” Clark was escorted out of practice after the incident while Ifedi, who lay face down after the punch for a few seconds, got up and left alongside a trainer.

Neither player was involved at the start of the incident, which began during pass rush drills in which a defensive lineman tries to rush the quarterback against an offensive lineman.

Near the end of the drill, recently-signed defensive tackle Rodney Coe was called on to rush against backup offensive lineman Will Pericak. Pericak appeared to grab a hold of Coe by the waist and didn’t let go as the play continued and the two moved near a water cooler. Coe then appeared to push Pericak over the water cooler with both players falling. Offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo rushed into the fray in apparent defense of Pericak and then both defensive and offensive players moved into what became a big scrum.

It appeared that maybe the incident had passed as players began to move to their respective sides of the line of scrimmage. But Bennett appeared to continue jawing at the offense and then Ifedi — who was not wearing a helmet — took a move toward the defense. Clark, a third-year player out of Michigan, then rushed Ifedi, the team’s first-round pick last season, and appeared to throw a punch, decking Ifedi.

At that point there was more rushing into the group and players from other drills ran over to try to break it up, notably safety Kam Chancellor.

Coaches also rushed into the pile and it ended there and there were no more incidents the rest of practice.


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