Former Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool got into a skirmish at Bears training camp on Saturday. According to numerous reports, Claypool and safety Eddie Jackson got into it after a physical play over the middle of the field that forced Bears general manager Ryan Poles to come in and break it up.
It occurred when Claypool ran a drag route and was then lit up by Jackson over the middle of the field. Claypool threw the ball back at Jackson, and from there, Jackson’s helmet came off and they got into a heated altercation. There was pushing and shoving that all ended with the two sides being separated after the incident.
This is not the first time that Chase Claypool got into a dust-up with a safety. If you remember, back in August of 2021, Claypool and Minkah Fitzpatrick got into it. Part of his game is that he plays it with passion and that leads to some of those fights. That did result in a Mike Tomlin speech at midfield, and this quote after.
“I’ll keep it between myself and them,” Tomlin said. “We talk openly about this process, where we are in it, what we need to do to improve daily. We assess days and sometimes, I assess it on site, and sometimes, I assess it on site, as opposed to the next day, because immediate feedback is needed.”
The Bears traded their second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft for Claypool in the middle of last season, and that pick became the No. 32 overall pick and the first pick in the second round after Chicago lost every single game the rest of the season. Pittsburgh used that pick to take Joey Porter Jr.
Claypool was placed on the PUP list to start training camp but came off shortly thereafter. He suffered a minor injury during spring practices.