Cleveland Browns' cornerback Joe Haden was kicked out of practice on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, after a heated argument with head coach Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur kicked Haden off the practice field about an hour into drills after he felt Haden was being too rough with rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin. Making matters worse, the practice was open to fans of all ages with profanity exchanged from both sides during the confrontation.
In his daily post-practice news conference, Shurmur simply stated, ''I'm not going to talk about it. ... That's between me and the player. I have a great deal of respect for Joe. If you want details, you're going to have to find it on Twitter. My only apology is that I used bad language and the fans were here to see it. Joe's a great competitor, and I appreciate what he does and who he is, and that's the last you'll hear me talk about it.''
The Browns have been plagued with injuries on both sides of the ball this preseason with veteran starters already expected to miss some playing time when the season begins. Was Shurmur simply protecting his players, or is there a deeper issue?