The most spirited practice of Giants training camp so far left Tom Coughlin irritated by some of the unnecessary actions of his players.
A brief but action-packed fistfight between Justin Pugh and Damontre Moore along with a play in which aggressive pass-rushing led to quarterback Eli Manning hitting the ground had Coughlin grousing about the risk of injuries in those situations.
"I have a problem with all of them because they're out there swinging," Coughlin said of his aversion to fights. "I've been hurt first-hand by a guy who broke his hand in a fight. In the old days they would just wrap it up and play with it. They don't do that anymore. I was upset about the fight and losing their temper and all that stuff, but the bottom line is you can't afford to do it. You'll lose a guy."
The fight happened after a passing play in which Pugh, playing left tackle, wound up on the ground. He stuck his leg out (purposely, perhaps) and tripped Moore after the play. The two exchanged brief words and then began pounding on each other.
As for the Manning spill, that was more accidental but Coughlin said it still needs to be avoided.
"It's all the same, it's all related the same way," he said. "You can't have anybody get hurt in practice. You've got to go hard, you've got to give great effort, you've got to play with great speed. But you can't get anybody hurt."
Coughlin said he is unsure how Manning wound up on the ground.
"I have to look at it to see exactly how it went," he said. "He was kind of stumbling around and you always talk about stay away from the quarterback, stay away from his feet. We've had some careless rushes, to be honest with you. Not many, but a couple."
Manning was not on the turf very long. Several linemen, both offensive and defense, quickly yanked him to his feet.
"They were smart," Coughlin said.