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Nate Solder Caught In Crossfire Of Fight At Minicamp

June 14, 2018 - 2:48 pm


A scary moment occurred at Giants minicamp today, as nose tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison and rookie offensive lineman Will Hernandez were engaged in a fight.

Following a play in which Hernandez’s helmet came off in Harrison’s hands, Harrison swung the helmet at Hernandez’s unprotected head.

To make matters worse, newly-acquired offensive lineman Nate Solder may have caught the worst end of the fight. His right leg appeared to get rolled on during the skirmish, which led to the 30-year-old moving gingerly around the sidelines.

After the practice, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur indicated that Solder’s leg was fine, though Solder’s comments were not as convincing.

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“I hope so, I don’t know… I hope so. It hurts a little bit, but I don’t know. I’m not a doctor,” Solder said when asked about the injury.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has since reported that Solder had his leg checked out by team doctors and was deemed okay.

This offseason, the Giants made Solder the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL when they signed him to a four- year, $62 million contract. While Solder’s injury appears to be mild, it raises questions about the health of the man tasked with protecting Eli Manning’s blind side.

Shurmur said that he felt Harrison’s actions crossed the line, though he noted that fights often break out in practice due to the competitive nature of the players.

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“It has been very competitive the whole camp," the head coach said Thursday. "There are certain things we certainly can’t do. We got it settled down. When scuffles break like that, in that situation, we just take them out of the practice and let them cool off.”

It is a bit concerning to see Hernandez fighting with veteran teammates, though he made clear that no hard feelings are taken off the field when scuffles break out.

“At the end of the day I have their backs, and iron sharpens iron, that’s all we’re doing," said the rookie offensive lineman. "We’re getting each other better. We’re all competitors, so sometimes were going to butt heads, but they know I have their backs and I love them.”

Giants minicamp concluded today, as the players will have a few weeks off before they come back together.

Training camp is set to begin on July 25th.