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.