Tait requires 17 stitches after scrimmage fight

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Offensive tackle John Tait will miss two weeks of the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp after a fight with a rookie teammate left him with cuts that needed 17 stitches to close.

Tait, the starting right tackle, also broke his nose in the fight Tuesday with defensive lineman Eddie Freeman.

"He had my helmet and hit me with it. It wasn't his fist," Tait said Wednesday. "It's common knowledge he had my helmet in his hand and he swung it back and hit me with it."

Freeman, a second-round draft pick from Alabama-Birmingham, has been involved in several fights since the Chiefs opened practice Friday.

Elsewhere

  • BEARS:Safety Mike Brown could miss the first two exhibition games with a broken bone in his right hand.

    FALCONS:Talks with first-round pick T.J. Duckett have broken down. The sides are far apart on the guaranteed money Duckett would receive.

    SAINTS:Defensive tackle Grady Jackson, one of the Saints' top free-agent acquisitions this spring, practiced with the team for the first time in training camp.

    PACKERS: Wide receiver Terry Glenn returned to practice after being held out a day by Packers coach Mike Sherman because of a hyperextended knee.

    GIANTS:First-round draft pick Jeremy Shockey was involved in a dining room fight with linebacker Brandon Short on the tight end's first night in training camp, coaches said.

    CARDINALS:Arizona's depleted defensive line took another hit when rookie tackle Nate Dwyer broke his left hand.

    -- From wire reports

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