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Updated: 6:22 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 | Posted: 5:23 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014

Falcons rookie Jake Matthews in scuffle during first practice

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By Michael Cunningham

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Falcons rookie Jake Matthews didn’t wait long to get into his first practice-field fight as a professional.

Matthews, the right tackle, tangled with linebacker Kroy Biermann about 90 minutes into the first training camp practice today during a team scrimmage period. Biermann continued to hold Matthews after the whistle, Matthews responded with a shove, Biermann connected with a wild right hook to Matthews’ facemask and then a scrum broke out.

Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox jumped into the scuffle to separate the players and practice continued as normal.

The Falcons selected Matthews with the No. 6 overall pick in the June draft. He comes from a lineage of NFL players that includes father Bruce Matthews, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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