Cards get feisty at padded practice

Tempers erupted into a scuffle between Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and offensive tackle Levi Brown in the Arizona Cardinals' second practice of the day Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Four-time Pro Bowl player and Cardinals newcomer Joey Porter also got in the face of fellow outside linebacker Cody Brown for putting up with tight end Stephen Spach repeatedly grabbing Brown’s facemask in the drills.

It was the first practice in full pads for the Cardinals and the third straight workout forced by rain indoors to the Northern Arizona University’s domed stadium.

Dockett was on top of guard Alan Faneca and reached out to trip quarterback Matt Leinart, who slammed the ball down in disgust. Brown faced off with Dockett in a shoving match before the two were separated.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he didn’t mind the intensity at all.

“It was nice to see guys getting after it,” he said, “but that’s typical of being in full pads the first day. The emotions were running high.”


This time, Albert Haynesworth started but had to stop.

The two-time All-Pro defensive tackle tried to take the Washington Redskins’ conditioning test again, but he pulled up after three back-and-forth sprints because he felt some irritation in his left knee.


The Steelers are closing training camp to the public on Saturday so they can attend defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team will hold a morning practice that will be closed to spectators, then board buses for the evening ceremony in Canton, Ohio. ... Jets’ All-Pro conerback Darrelle Revis sat out the first practice of camp locked in a contract dispute with the team. … First-round draft pick Jermaine Gresham agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, ending a holdout that kept the tight end away for six days of training camp. … Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier says cornerback Cedric Griffin will miss the season opener against New Orleans while he recovers from offseason knee surgery. … Ndamukong Suh missed his third straight day of practice in a holdout from the Lions camp. … The Redskins acquired quarterback John Beck from the Ravens for cornerback Doug Dutch and released veteran quarterback Colt Brennan …Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu, the 10th overall pick in April’s draft, ended a five-day holdout by agreeing to a five-year contract worth $28 million with the Jaguars. … Tired of waiting for veteran linebacker Aaron Schobel to figure out whether to play or retire this season, Bills general manager Buddy Nix announced that the team is moving on without its leading pass rusher. … NFL officials and the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee have a contingency plan if a work stoppage postpones the 2012 Super Bowl. Committee president and CEO Allison Melangton said the NFL wants Indy’s Super Bowl venues and hotel room blocks left open for the weekend of Feb. 5, the scheduled Super Bowl date, and the following weekend.