Malcolm Butler addressed his fight earlier in the week with Alshon Jeffrey. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)
FOXBORO — The Patriots hosted the Bears for three days of joint practices and then Thursday’s preseason game, but most exciting part the week may have happened on the first day.
During Monday’s joint practice, Malcolm Butler and Bears wide out Alshon Jeffery got into it after a play in 11-on-11s.
The two had their hands on eachother’s face masks and then it appeared Butler took a swing at Jeffery causing numerous players from each team to converge in the corner of the end zone.
After a few seconds order was restored and Butler was ejected from practice as Bill Belichick has a no fighting policy. Jeffery stayed as the Bears just fine their players for fighting.
After the game, speaking for the first time since it happened, Butler referred to it as a mistake.
“I just learned from it and moved on,” he said. “Wasting quality reps out there, you know I could be getting better at the same time. It’s just like pick up game, anything, everything is not perfect. You’re going to have those mistakes. I learned from it and moved on. Went back out there the next day trying to be the best football player I could be.”
Butler and Jeffery appeared to make up the next day and moved on from the incident. Overall it was a good week for the Patriots’ cornerbacks to go up against both Jeffrey and Kevin White, two of the better receivers in the league.
“[It will] be very helpful, you know, there [are] a lot of big guys in this league, we have a couple [of] big opponents this year,” Butler said. “You know, try to take advantage of the opportunity to work with those guys. It [wasn’t] perfect, but you know it is what it is.”
In the game Thursday, Jeffery finished with two catches for 41 yards, while White had one catch for six yards.