Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, citing a league source, reports that Falcons second-round pick DL Ra’Shede Hageman suffered a fractured wrist in a fight with C Joe Hawley.
According to McClure, Hageman threw a punch at Hawley during pass-rush drills. Hageman’s injury is considered to be a hair-line fracture.
Head coach Mike Smith mentioned that he wasn’t pleased with Hageman fighting teammates in practice.
“I think we’re all talking about competing and fighting for jobs, but we’re not talking about fighting each other,” Smith said. “We’ve got to understand that. It’s not what we’re about. We’re about competing and going out and trying to win a job. But we’re not about fighting one another. That’s something that happens when it gets hot. Today, it was hot, or hotter than what we’ve been used to practicing. But we’ve got to definitely get that fixed.”
Atlanta is in the process of making the transition to a 3-4 defense and needed some depth up front, so this news has to be disappointing for them.
We’ll have more updates regarding how much time he could miss as the news is available.
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