EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The final practice of the New York Giants mini-field this spring involved a fight that saw defensive tackle Damon Harrison swinging Will Hernandez's helmet in the rookie's head. Fortunately, it failed.
Hernandez was not injured during hand-to-hand combat, but the much-appreciated acquisition of free agent, left tackle Nate Solder, limped away after a teammate snagged his leg. It was reviewed by a coach in the field. He stayed until he finished the practice before limping off the field.
Solder said his knee "hurt a little" later. He was hoping that he was fine. Coach Pat Shurmur said he received an update on the field that Solder was "fine".
The original quarrel was not everything related to Shurmur. That he had climbed to the point where a helmet was placed was annoying.
"The whole camp has been very competitive and there are certain things that we certainly can not do," Shurmur said after addressing his team for the final time this spring.
Shurmur was seen talking to Harrison on the sideline, presumably about the incident, moments after it happened. Harrison remained in the field but was taken out of the drill. So was Hernández.
It was not the first time in the offseason that Hernandez was involved in a fight. Hernandez is a second-round selection this year from UTEP that Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman described as "moody" (in a good way) after he was drafted.
"We took them out of the exercise and tried to establish ourselves" That happens. It's very competitive up there, "said Shurmur." Will Hernandez is a very competitive guy, and they just kind of head butts. "
And Harrison spun a helmet.