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Haden too physical on the field?

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Updated: August 22, 2012
Source: Cleveland.com

Source: Cleveland.com

John Haden, referred to on ESPN as possibly one of Cleveland’s best defensive players, was kicked out of practice on Wednesday for being too physical with a rookie player. Coach Pat Shurmur kicked Haden off the field when he thought the cornerback was being too rough with wide receiver Travis Benjamin during passing drills. Shurmur was still angry about the situation during a news conference after the practice. He said, “I’m not going to talk about it. That’s between me and the player. I have a great deal of respect for Joe. If you want details, you’re going to have to find it on Twitter. My only apology is that I used bad language and the fans were here to see it. Joe’s a great competitor and I appreciate what he does and who he is and that’s the last you’ll hear me talk about it.”

The call for Haden to leave practice came when he pulled on the back of Benjamin’s jersey. Benjamin was in the end zone catching a touchdown pass when Haden tried to grab the ball unsuccessfully – and Shurmur told Haden to leave practice after the incident. While there have been reports during most of training camp about roughness on the field, Shurmur doesn’t need any more players to be hurt – especially for unnecessary reasons. According to ESPN, the team had 13 players sit out of practice on Wednesday – including running backs Chris Ogbonnaya and Trent Richardson for leg injuries. Shurmur says his primary concern is player safety.

“It’s important that we practice smart,” he said. “You have to be able to practice at game speed, and you win and lose in practice. I think it’s important that guys understand that. I want all of our guys to make it to the horse race. Safety, everything I do I think about these players and this team. I told them that. All my thoughts revolve around our players and our team. I think it’s very important that we practice fast and we’re smart.”

(via ESPN)

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