Dustin Keller can’t remember ever getting into a fight with a teammate before yesterday’s tussle with cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a play that led to Rex Ryan having the team run nearly a dozen “gassers” during the middle of practice.
“I don’t think I [ever] have,” the Jets’ tight end said after today’s practice. “I’ve tried to keep cool out there. I take care of the guys and keep my calm, but it’s been a while.”
Keller said he hasn’t talked to Cromartie about the shoving match, even though their lockers are close to one another.
“We haven’t talked, but it’s not a big deal,” Keller said. “It’s football. He hit me and I was upset about it, but it’s football. Those things happen and our lockers are real close to each other in the locker room, but it’s one of those things that never carries over into the locker room. You’re aggressive out here. You’re playing hard, but we’re going to take care of each other. It’s just tough competition.”
Cromartie, who declined media requests yesterday, was again unavailable for comment today.
Keller said he's anxious to face the Bengals on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams, if for no other reason than the Jets get to hit other players.
"I would say so, before we all kill each other," he cracked. "Camp’s been good, but we’re ready to hit another colored jersey. Going against your team and competing against the best defense in football is all good and great, but you want to get some live work and get a real feel for where this offense is."