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Rams head coach Sean McVay reacts to training camp brawl with Bengals

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There's still some bad blood boiling from Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.

The two teams had a brawl in their joint practice at training camp on Thursday, and cameras caught defensive tackle Aaron Donald swinging a helmet in a violent fashion.

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Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams speaks with the media during training camp at the University of California Irvine on July 29, 2022, in Irvine, California.
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Despite that though, Rams head coach Sean McVay was just happy that no one was injured.

“I just see guys swinging, and some guys have helmets on, some don’t, there’s a scrum, you just never know what can occur,” McVay said. “My biggest concern is just unnecessary injuries for people that we’re counting on. Whether it’s for our team or the other team. I care about these guys, especially when you start throwing punches with gear on. I’ve been enough of a meathead in my past that I’ve done some stupid stuff, too.

“I know how volatile and how fragile it is when you hit it the wrong way and you break your hand and it could affect a guy’s chance to be OK, or God forbid somebody gets hit in the head with the helmet off. I don’t know what emotions I was feeling right there. I just was glad that everything got broken up, and my understanding was everybody’s OK.”

Cincinnati Bengals guard Alex Cappa (65) and offensive tackle La'el Collins, left, block Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) during a drill at the team's training facility in Cincinnati on Aug. 24, 2022.

Cincinnati Bengals guard Alex Cappa (65) and offensive tackle La'el Collins, left, block Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) during a drill at the team's training facility in Cincinnati on Aug. 24, 2022.
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Reports said McVay was visibly upset during the skirmish, but he insisted that he just wanted to “eliminate the risk for injuries.”

In the same breath, however, he understands that once there's smoke, fire may start because of teammates backing one another.

“These are guys that they stand up for one another. How exactly is the right way to handle it? If you guys know the answer, I’d love to hear your perspective,” he said. “I am gonna always support our players, they’re going to support each other. I’m not interested in diving deep into how it started or what got into it.”

He was not interested in “pointing fingers” and finding out the root cause of the fight, as he said it “will be a little bloop in the radar an hour from now for our guys.”

Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams speaks to the media during a practice for Super Bowl LVI at California Lutheran University on Feb. 11, 2022, in Thousand Oaks, California.

Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams speaks to the media during a practice for Super Bowl LVI at California Lutheran University on Feb. 11, 2022, in Thousand Oaks, California.
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The teams will play each other in a preseason game on Saturday.

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