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By Eric Edholm

Training camp brings out the ornery in players.

It's hot and guys are fighting for jobs. Even established starters get into it with each other because they get caught up in the competitive nature of camp after having some downtime.

Well, that's exactly what happened today at Bills camp. OLB Aaron Maybin, coming off a disappointing rookie season, got into it with fellow second-year player, OG Andy Levitre, and then Maybin and C Geoff Hangartner.

According to published reports, Maybe hit RB Fred Jackson in the back, knocking him to the ground. Maybin then was shoved by Levitre, eventually giving way to Hangartner, who locked horns on the sideline before the scrum was broken up.

For the most part, these kinds of things happen at least once, sometimes more, in just about every camp coast-to-coast. For the most part, it's no big deal.

And hey, maybe a little piss and vinegar, as they say, isn't a bad thing for the team that PFW currently ranks 32 of 32 in the NFL.

Here's what some of the combatants had to say.

"Stuff like that happens," Hangartner said. "No hard feelings. None of it carries over, it just kind of happened. It will happen again with somebody else before this camp is over. I promise you. It may not be me and him, but it will be somebody else. It will happen again. It might happen tonight, you never know.

"(Maybin) hit our starting running back in the back when he wasn’t looking, so I went over there and let him know that we didn’t appreciate that and the O-line is going to stick up for our guys."

Hangartner later went on to say that this kind of physicality was "fun."

"It’s a little bit less of a big deal than everyone makes it out to be. But it Is what it is. It’s a physical game," Maybin said but also added, "I’m never one to shy away from the contact portion of the game. So if there’s nobody that’s going to be willing to get the practice started, I’ll start things off for us."

So there you have it. Tomorrow we likely will have forgotten this even happened. But it will be interesting to see if this Bills team shows a little spunk out there on the field this season. Maybe we have underestimated their fire some.

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