New Orleans Saints’ Trevor Penning kicked out of practice after third incident in three days

New Orleans Saints rookie left tackle Trevor Penning and defensive tackle Malcolm Roach were both kicked from practice Wednesday afternoon after fiery tempers led to a fight involving several other teammates.

A teammate came in and shoved Penning after the initial issue between him and Roach, causing at least 10 other players to come from the sideline and join the fray.

Saints coach Dennis Allen spoke loudly to the squad at the end of practice, and he said he planned to speak to both Roach and Penning before practice Thursday.

“We don’t have time for that,” Allen said. “I sent two guys out today and we have to do our job. We have to learn as a team how to compete and how to play and how to train and push ourselves to the limit without getting over the edge.

“…It’s not unusual for something like this to happen in training camp. It’s definitely something we don’t want to see happen. We’ll fix it and move on.”

It was the third straight practice in which Penning, a 2022 first-round pick, was involved in an altercation with a defensive teammate.

He was blocking defensive end Payton Turner, a 2021 first-round pick, on Monday when Turner appeared to throw a punch at him late in the game. Penning shoved him and the two briefly threw punches before that it is not broken.

“It’s football, we’re in competition,” Penning said Monday. “It’s a tough game for tough people and you have to be able to handle it. There’s no bad blood between us. We’re just competitors competing.”

On Tuesday, safety JT Gray pushed Penning after a block. Penning took a few steps towards Gray but stopped and walked away after a teammate grabbed his arm.

Penning joined the Saints with a reputation for having an average streak in northern Iowa.

“It’s like, when you think he’s finished, he’s not finished,” said team-mate Cesar Ruiz. “He definitely has that finishing mentality that you love in an offensive lineman.”

Penning said whistling was part of his nature.

“It’s part of my game, I think. It’s just how I am as a player,” Penning said Monday. “But obviously I’m working on the technique. I’m trying to improve in the technique of the game, knocking down the blocks. The finishing ability, that’s what I’m proud of, and that will always be part of my game. .”

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