By Steve Reed
AP Sports Writer
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week’s joint practices with the Miami Dolphins: You fight, you’re out.
“We told our guys if you get thrown off the field, I’m going to treat you like you got thrown out of a game,” Rivera said Thursday.
So players wouldn’t return to practice.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin agreed with the approach, and it has worked.