Colts: Michael Pittman, Ibraheim Campbell involved first training camp scuffle
By Jerry Trotta
The Indianapolis Colts were clearly buzzing to get back onto the football field, because the consensus takeaways from the first two days of camp have largely been positive.
Not only has Marlon Mack showed no lingering effects from Achilles surgery, but the receiving corps, that fans were so desperate to upgrade this offseason, has looked really sharp. Further, both Tyquan Lewis and Kylen Granson have received glowing reviews from reporters.
All good, right? For the most part, but that trend expectedly hit a snag on Friday. As we know, it started with word spreading of Carson Wentz’s foot injury, which, though not deemed to be serious, could potentially hold him out through the weekend.
If you can believe it, something far more notable has unfolded. Fans might be thinking, what’s more significant than the Colts’ new quarterback getting hurt? How about Michael Pittman and safety Ibraheim Campbell getting into the first official fight of camp?
Dust-ups at camp are extremely common, but this one had a different feel to it, as Pittman apparently slammed Campbell to the ground and had to be restrained by teammates.
Michael Pittman wrestled safety Ibraheim Campbell to the turf on Friday in the first fight of Colts training camp.
The way we’re interpreting it, Pittman took offense to a stronger-than-expected hit from Campbell since training camp is just three days old and players aren’t even cleared to wear full padding yet. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why Pittman reacted the way he did.
This is mere speculation, but maybe Campbell saw an opportunity to lay Pittman out and potentially wanted to send a message to the 2020 second-round pick? After all, Pittman was reportedly torching Indy’s secondary on Friday, particularly during the 11-v-11 drill.
It’s anyone’s guess, really. While a story like this would often spark an overreaction among fans, we like to think this was nothing serious beyond the moment. We see it every year: a defender looking to make the roster heading into the preseason hits an offensive playmaker harder than he probably should have and the offensive player reacts accordingly.
Assuming there’s no real beef between Pittman and Campbell — and no injuries resulted from their kerfuffle — this is exactly the kind of energy fans were hoping to see at camp. That isn’t to say we want to see more fights moving forward, but you get the point.
Given the lack of follow-up reports, it wasn’t anything to worry about.