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Bills' Marrone angry for practice fights

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 22 2014 09:34:22 AM CDT
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -

An angry Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone sent a message to his players Thursday following a series of fights and shoving matches during practice.

Wednesday's practice ended with an intense fight and Marrone became fed up when more fighting broke out between players in Thursday's morning practice.

Marrone lined players up on one sideline and ripped into them for fighting. Defensive end Jerry Hughes talked back to Marrone, leading to more shouting from Marrone in Hughes' direction.

Players then ran sprints across the field.

After practice, Marrone went over to where the defensive linemen were huddling and he pulled Hughes aside.

"I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams, how he goes about it," Marrone said. "We've got to get some other guys who are starters to do that, too. That was my conversation with him."

Marrone, who was clearly irritated when he met the media after practice, said his comments were directed at the team and not Hughes.

"That's directed at anyone who doesn't want to be part of the team," Marrone said.

Marrone said his stance on fighting is that it is disrespectful.

"It's not part of the game," he said. "Therefore, I don't want to speak about it. It hurts the integrity of our game the more we talk about it. That's how I feel about fighting. We're responsible for the integrity of the game. Can you figure it out? Figure it out. We're responsible for the integrity of the game. There is no use for fighting in the game of football. Period. End of discussion. Move on."