Falcons end practice early after fight, Jalen Dalton asked to leave: reports

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The Atlanta Falcons have ended their fourth day of training camp Early Saturday after two separate fights broke out on the field, defensive tackle Jalen Dalton was asked to leave, according to multiple reports.

Dalton, who was released by New Orleans Saints in May, was kicked out of training after hitting offensive tackle Germain Ifedi following a drill, The Athletic reported. Shortly after, Anthony Rush knocked center Jonotthan Harrison to the ground after hitting him from behind.

But Rush shed some light on the situation after the short session.

“It was about lunch. They took all the forks and everything, so I had to eat with my hands. I didn’t like it that much,” Rush said, according to the outlet. “I had to get the last piece of grilled chickenso I wasn’t too happy about that.”

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) in the huddle during Saturday morning practice for the Atlanta Falcons on July 30, 2022, at the Falcons practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) in the huddle during Saturday morning practice for the Atlanta Falcons on July 30, 2022, at the Falcons practice facility in Flowery Branch, Ga.
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ESPN’s Michael Rothstein reported that head coach Arthur Smith “wasn’t happy” after the Dalton incident, but later praised the team for their competitiveness in his comments to the media.

“Nobody did anything really stupid,” Smith said. “I would much rather have guys you have to pull than push. They’re competitive as hell. We’re having so much fun working with these guys, it’s amazing.”

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Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith answers questions during the post-workout media session after Saturday morning practices, July 30, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith answers questions during the post-workout media session after Saturday morning practices, July 30, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga.
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Falcons are in the face of low expectations this season, which Smith addressed after Friday’s practice.

“Just go do a Google search and go and see what they think of the iPhone release if you want to indulge yourself,” he told reporters. “It’s hard to find good comedy these days. Go back and watch these predictions if you want real comedy.”

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) barks a play call during Saturday morning practice, July 30, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) barks a play call during Saturday morning practice, July 30, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga.
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Just six seasons after reaching the Super Bowl for only the second time in franchise history, the Falcons are listed at 250-1 to reach the next Super Bowl, odds longer than all but one team, the Houston Texans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.