Falcons finish training immediately after fights, Jalen Dalton asked to leave: reports

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Atlanta Falcons completed their fourth day of training camp early Saturday after two separate fights broke out on the pitch, which resulted in Jalen Dalton being asked to leave, according to multiple reports.

Dalton, freed New Orleans Saints In May, he was fired from training after hitting Germain Ifedi in attack after training, according to The Athletic. Shortly thereafter, Anthony Rush knocked center Jonottan Harrison down by hitting him from behind.

But Rush took the situation lightly after a short session.

“It was all about lunch. They took all the forks and stuff, so I had to eat with my hands. I didn’t like it too much,” Rush said, according to the publication. “I should have received last piece of fried chickenso I wasn’t too happy about it.”

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) in the crowd during Saturday morning practice for the Atlanta Falcons, July 30, 2022, at the Falcons practice facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) in the crowd during Saturday morning practice for the Atlanta Falcons, July 30, 2022, at the Falcons practice facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia.
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Michael Rothstein of ESPN reported that head coach Arthur Smith “wasn’t happy” after the Dalton incident, but he later praised the team for its competitiveness in his comments to the media.

“No one has done anything so stupid,” Smith said. “I’d rather have guys who need to be pulled rather than pushed. They are damn competitive. We have so much fun working with these guys, it’s incredible.”

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Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith answers reporters' questions after practice following Saturday morning practice on July 30, 2022 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith answers reporters’ questions after practice following Saturday morning practice on July 30, 2022 in Flowery Branch, Georgia.
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Falcons facing low expectations this season, which Smith turned to after Friday’s practice.

“Just Google it, look it up, and see what they think of the iPhone if you want to be kidding,” he told reporters. “It’s hard to find good comedy these days. Go back and look at these predictions if you want some real comedy.”

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder, 4, yells loudly during Saturday morning practice on July 30, 2022 in Flary Branch, Georgia.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder, 4, yells loudly during Saturday morning practice on July 30, 2022 in Flary Branch, Georgia.
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Just six seasons after winning the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history, Falcons are listed at 250-1 more likely to reach the next Super Bowl than any team but one, the Houston Texans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.