Seahawks almost learn who would win fight between Ethan Pocic and Jarran Reed

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images) /

It is hot outside, 12s. So hot that Seahawks Jarran Reed and Ethan Pocic decided to fight each other in training camp on Thursday.

Training camp scuffles between an offensive player and a defensive player are not uncommon in the NFL. But head coach Pete Carroll hates when players fight in Seahawks camp. Carroll is about peace and harmony, of course, but he is right in thinking players on the same team getting into a dispute could be a bad thing long term.

On Thursday in camp, Ethan Pocic and Jarran Reed decided that they disagreed with one another enough to actual throw punches at each other. This was done with helmets on so there was very little risk that anyone was going to be injured. No one was. But both players were asked to leave practice for the day.

Reed has had an eventful couple of months. He was suspended for six games to start the season from a domestic assault issue that happened in 2017. His reputation was not helped today when he was angry enough to try to punch a teammate.

Pocic was the starting left guard again today with Mike Iupati out. Iuapti is in a walking boot and no one seems quite sure why or how long he will be out. One might wonder if Reed would have fought Iupati who is much bigger than Pocic.

Players quickly stepped in to break up the skirmish. Nobody is saying they were witnessing the replay of Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, so hopefully the anger that Reed and Pocic felt towards each other will quickly dissipate.

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There could have been several reasons for the fight. These are my theories. First, Reed is still hot about being suspended. Maybe he should have been but maybe he also sees the NFL’s inconsistencies with suspensions. Second, maybe Pocic and Reed got into a spat about whether Hopper is really dead after watching season three of Stranger Things. Or lastly, Reed, like everyone else still breathing, is wondering how the Seahawks do not have a better option for replacing Iupati than with the limited Pocic.