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Olivier Vernon

Some NFL coaches speak out to curb training camp fights

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week's joint practices with the Miami Dolphins: You fight, you're out. "We told our guys if you get thrown off the field, I'm going to treat you like you got thrown out of a game," Rivera said Thursday. So players wouldn't return to practice. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin agreed with the approach, and it has worked. Skirmishes at camps are not new, and to some extent even condoned. But Rivera and Philbin are among a group of coaches around the league who have spoken out to curb the fighting that has garnered training camps headlines in an effort to set the tone for...