22,000 fans attended the Patriots indoor practice on Wednesday inside Gillette Stadium, a special late afternoon event attended by season ticket holders and residents of Foxborough only.
They got to see a spirited practice in which a baseball like bench-clearing skirmish broke out when OT Nate Solder started a fight during 11-on-11 drills. Solder gave LB Brandon Spikes a big shove while Spikes was on the ground. It ended up with several offensive and defensive players pushing and shoving until it was finally broken up.
The result was Solder taking a penalty lap and Spikes going to the locker room, returning soon after with a knee brace. Not sure if the brace had anything to do with the dust-up, but Spikes was still pretty pissed off with Solder when he returned.
CB Kyle Arrington, one of only 3 players available to the media after practice, told the Boston Globe it was "a little chippy, a little chippy; It's all in fun though, man," h esaid. "When it happens...