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Former Kentucky football stars getting feisty at NFL training camp



After Lonnie Johnson Jr. was the talk of NFL training camp after getting kicked out of Houston’s joint practice with the Packers on Monday, former Kentucky star Za’Darius Smith has now joined in on the action.

In day two of joint practice between both franchises, the newest Packer apparently got into it with a Houston offensive lineman, sparking yet another scuffle.

This came after yet another dominant outing for the pass-rusher, who signed a four-year, $66-million contract with the Packers this offseason.

According to multiple reports, including the following one from Zach Kruse of The Packers Wire, Smith has been team’s defensive MVP to open training camp.

New head coach Matt LaFleur said he’s lived up to the hype of that $66 million contract thus far.

“He’s everything we thought he was going to be, and I can’t say enough about the person, either,” LaFleur said. “He brings so much leadership to our defense and he’s been a lot of fun to be around. I think he raises the level of everybody around him.”

Last week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Matt Schneidman of The Athletic that Smith is a “scary” human being from a pure physical standpoint.

“Z is kind of a scary guy just looking at him,” Rodgers said. “Walking in that door, he has that clout, as Julius Peppers did, where there’s a healthy, ‘I’m not going to cross that person.’

As for Johnson, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien held him out of practice this morning due to his flexing celebration following his tough hit on Packers TE Jace Sternberger that knocked his helmet off on Monday. The incident led to a scuffle between both teams.

After practice, Johnson posted – and later deleted – an image of the incident on his Instagram page, adding the caption, “Gotta drop on this flexing….. #itsfootball.”

The Texans will take on the Packers in their first preseason game of the year on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for Former Kentucky football stars getting feisty at NFL training camp

  1. panicpat
    5:25 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    I love it. Lonnie Johnson is absolutely right. It’s football!!

  2. nocode96
    5:54 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    That woman in the background with her hand over her mouth…that’s pretty funny.

  3. Alex90
    8:14 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    I see a lot of UK fans cheering on what Johnson did and I’m not sure people understand. He talked a player in a non contact drill and then celebrated over him as he was shaken up, that’s embarrassing for the program if that’s what we cheer on.

    • slangterm
      8:47 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink


    • JASUN74
      10:51 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      Alex, he didn’t stand over him, he was just flexing while he was walking away after the hit. Boo hoo!! It wouldn’t have been anything if the packers player didn’t start his bull mess!! I mean it’s not just Rookies who get excited after a nice hit and it wasn’t a no contact practice as you’re saying.

      Just a great player made a big time play and got excited is all I see. Now if he speared him or was targeted, it would be a different story. He’ll be fine and I’m sure our fan base will be fine also. How the heck is it embarrassing for UK in anyway. He plays for the Texans I do believe.

      Sorry if it sounds like I’m busting your nads, but I’ve seen two or three others say something similar to what you did , I guess I’m just responding to them also. Sorry about that. Anyway, some people want to find something bad in everything when most the time they make their minds up without knowing what’s going on.

      I mean you can see clearly if you watch, after the hit, Johnson turns and walks away. Yes he does flex while walking away, like most all players do when they make a play, just to pump up their teammates. Truth is, if the packers hadn’t responded and ran out like crazy, that would’ve been the last we heard about it. Just my two cents of course. Thanks.

    • Alex90
      7:14 am August 7, 2019 Permalink

      It was a non tackling drill in a joint practice. I won’t be reading your story since you didn’t even bother to research that. It’s football but a cheap shot in a non tackling drill is embarrassing and incredibly dumb for a rookie