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Two New England Patriots' Players Were Ejected From Practice Today For Fighting

Day 2 of the New England Patriots' mandatory minicamp got a little testy. 

Two of Bill Belichick's players, veteran center Bryan Stork and rookie defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton, were ejected from practice for fighting. 

Stork, 25, is a third-year offensive lineman out of Florida State. Hamilton is an undrafted defensive tackle out of Ole Miss. 

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From ESPN.com:

Toward the end of the session, third-year center Bryan Stork and undrafted rookie defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton (Mississippi) were ejected from the practice for fighting. Stork appeared to land a few blows on Hamilton after a play in which Hamilton was rushing the passer.

The majority of players on the team came on to the field in a scrum and the situation was extinguished quickly.

Belichick has a longstanding rule that any fighting during practice leads to an automatic ejection.

The Patriots' coach reportedly spoke to his team about the fight after practice. 

At the end of practice, players gathered around Belichick, and one player said he stressed how they are all on the same team.

“At the end of the day, in the game, that’s our starting center. If it was in the game, and he got ejected, thrown out, it could have hurt the team,” defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said, via ESPN.com. “It’s all about the team. You try to eliminate penalties like that and keep your cool and let the other team self-destruct.”

The Patriots are in mandatory minicamp through Thursday.

Multiple key players have been absent from the practices, including Rob Gronkowski, who is reportedly nursing a minor "undisclosed" injury. Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, among other players, have also been missing from the field. 

[ESPN]