The Texans time in Richmond ended with a bang on Saturday.
Practicing with Washington for the third straight day, the two teams scuffled multiple times. The fisticuffs caused Houston and Washington to finish the practice on separate fields.
"It's training camp, you know," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "It's intense out there. It's too bad, but that's just what happens with two competitive teams."
Each team's offense was practicing against the other's defense, and during an 11-on-11 period midway through, fights had to be broken up multiple times on the two fields. The Texans gave as good as they got, and veteran receiver Cecil Shorts, III said he and his teammates weren't about to back down from anything.
"No, no, no," Shorts said. "We expected that was going to happen today. Everybody had each other's back. That's how it goes sometimes when you're going against another team in practice."
All from Houston said it was just competitive football, and cornerback Kareem Jackson was quick to echo what Shorts said about supporting fellow teammates.
"We're brothers," Jackson said. "You're wearing the same uniform, it's like one of those things where we're brothers. As a kid, you've got an older sibling or younger siblings, you guys kind of stick together regardless of what happens."
A steady rain showered the players and nearly 20,000 fans in attendance at the Bon Secours Training Center, and O'Brien was enthusiastic about his team's time in Richmond.
"We both got work done," O'Brien said. "We just separated the practice. It's a good couple days, I guess two and a half. It was good."
Shorts agreed, and is already looking forward.
"We did a good job staying together,": Shorts said. "Nobody got hurt. It's over with. Let's move on."
The Texans fly home to Houston on Sunday, and will resume practice on Monday morning at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
Take a look at the best photos from the second practice against the Redskins in Richmond, VA.