Chiefs Rookie Baldwin Injured In Locker Room Fight

August 19, 2011 – 1:02 pm by Ryan Phillips

This has been making this rounds this morning but reports are saying that Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones instigated a locker room fight with rookie wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

Now reports say that Baldwin injured his wrist in the melee and will miss the rest of the preseason. The big wideout from Pitt was the 26th pick in the first round of this year’s draft and was expected to contribute for the Chiefs immediately. Without the rest of the preseason to work, it will probably take him a lot more time to get into the mix.

Brad Biggs points out that this isn’t the first time Jones has picked fights with teammates. When he was with the Bears, Jones once punched Cedric Benson in the head during practice. Although, at some point I think we’ve all wanted to punch Cedric Benson in the head.

It’s not unusual for teammates on opposite sides of the ball to get into scuffles, but when guys are throwing down with fellow offensive or defensive players, that’s when you know there is a problem. Maybe Jones is just a hot head who can’t keep himself under control.

It may be time for Jones to be cut loose. Jamaal Charles is clearly the team’s No. 1 back (he averaged 6.7 yards per carry last year to Jones’ 3.7) and Jones likely won’t get a ton of work anyway.

Jones did rush for 896 yards last season, but bad chemistry can sink a team and there is no excuse for a 12-year vet like him to behave like that.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Chiefs Rookie Baldwin Injured In Locker Room Fight”

  2. The Baldwin kid has always had character issues why would you just assume Jones is the problem. Jones makes Charles a better back because they can share the load.

    By Kevin on Aug 20, 2011

  3. From what we heard early on from insiders, Jones escalated the fight. And he has a history of acting that way and pushing buttons of guys he doesn’t like. That said, we’re hearing that Baldwin is not popular among the team’s veterans. So maybe this was coming for a while.

    By Ryan Phillips on Aug 20, 2011

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