EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams are not yet a full week into training camp but the time to hit someone else has already arrived. Or so it would seem from the events of the team's practice Thursday night.
It's common to see a scuffle or two break out in a regular training camp practice but the Rams had two or three that seemed to go on for a bit. At one point, tackle Greg Robinson got tied up with end Robert Quinn leading to a skirmish, though I couldn't tell who Robinson was going after because of the scrum around them.
But the biggest involved a couple of usual culprits in linebacker Alec Ogletree and tight end Jared Cook. Ogletree delivered a hit to a running back and he and Cook started jawing. It eventually devolved into more trash talking before Ogletree and Cook went after each other. For the most part, they were held back by teammates but Cook put up quite a fight before he was finally restrained.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher doesn't mind the physical approach but also has his limit on what's OK and what's not.
"You just want to make sure someone doesn't get caught off guard," Fisher said. "There were little things going on that they got worked out. They're ready to go practice with somebody else, go play somebody else."
The good news is the Rams don't have much longer to wait. They're a little more than a week from the preseason opener in Oakland and then get a couple of days with the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, California.
The Rams had a trio of new additions to the injury list on Thursday, most notably running back Tre Mason. Mason did not practice because of hamstring tightness, according to Fisher. Defensive tackle Doug Worthington and linebacker Korey Toomer (ankle) also did not practice. That trio joined cornerbacks E.J. Gaines (foot) and Brandon McGee (knee) and guard Cody Wichmann (calf) as non-participants. On the positive injury front, safety Mark Barron participated in some team drills for the first time after coming back on a limited basis in Tuesday's practice.
Barrett Jones took his turn at center with the first-team offense as the rotation there continues.
With no Mason and no Todd Gurley, Benny Cunningham took most of the reps with the first team at running back. Chase Reynolds also got some reps and scored a touchdown after a nice angle route out of the backfield in red zone work.
Speaking of the run game, Cook offered an excellent wham block to spring Cunningham for a touchdown on one run play.
On the next play, rookie guard Jamon Brown missed Ogletree on a screen to Cunningham as Ogletree blew the play up. Brown has been getting rave reviews for his work so far and has mostly held up well, especially since the pads came on. But he got an earful from line coach Paul Boudreau after the play.
It was a long day at the office for running back Isaiah Pead. Not only did he get mostly left behind on reps with the first-team offense, he also took a couple of pretty big hits in practice, one from Lamarcus Joyner and another from Daren Bates (or it looked like Bates from a long view). Pead is coming back from a season-ending injury and can't even make it through practice without having it tested.
St. Louis Cardinals baseball players Jon Jay, Matt Adams and Jordan Walden took in the practice. So, too, did Scott Casterline, who represents defensive tackle Michael Brockers. Legendary offensive line coach Jim Hanifan was also in the house.
The Rams are back at it Friday night when they have their annual scrimmage at nearby Lindenwood University. It's set for 6 p.m. ET.