Giants minicamp ends with helmet-swinging scuffle
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Pat Shurmur’s first minicamp with the New York Giants nearly had an ugly ending when high-priced left tackle Nate Solder tweaked a knee after being bumped during a helmet-swinging scuffle between defensive tackle Damon Harrison and rookie guard Will Hernandez.
Solder, who signed a four-year, $62 million contract in March, walked away from the fight on the third and final day of the minicamp on Thursday and sat on the grass after Harrison and Hernandez were separated.
Head trainer Ronnie Barnes examined Solder, and the former Patriot got up and tested the knee that seemed to be bumped by Hernandez during the altercation with Harrison.
Solder and Shurmur later said it was OK, but it could have been a lot worse. Coming off a 3-13 season, the Giants can’t afford to have their highest-priced free agent hurt in a minicamp where players are practicing in shorts and no pads.
Both players were taken out of the drills, and Shurmur talked to the 29-year-old Harrison, who swung Hernandez’s helmet at the rookie after a running play.
“It has been very competitive the whole camp,” Shurmur said. “There are certain things we certainly can’t do. We got it settled down. When scuffles break like that, in that situation, we just take them out of the practice and let them cool off.”
Shurmur said helmet swinging bothered him. Hernandez wasn’t shy, either. He threw punches at Harrison.
“Snacks is a very competitive guy and Will Hernandez is very competitive out there,” Shurmur said. “They just kind of butted heads.”
Solder downplayed the scuffle, saying he was fine.
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