Rams-Broncos Players Throw Punches After Heated Christmas Day Matchup

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Tempers flared after the Rams’ beatdown of the Broncos on Sunday night, leading to a few players throwing punches during the postgame handshakes.

Denver defender Randy Gregory and Los Angeles offensive lineman Oday Aboushi were seen getting into it as the teams gathered at midfield following the contest. The incident culminated with the two foes trading blows.

It was a frustrating night for the visiting Broncos from the get-go. Russell Wilson looked awful, once again, throwing a pair of interceptions in his first three passes. That led to LA getting up 17-0 in the first quarter in a game they’d never look back. The Rams eventually won in their most decisive outcome of the year, crushing the Broncos, 51-14.

The loss led to the firing of head coach Nathaniel Hackett, who was supposed to lead a Super Bowl contender in the 2022 season. Instead, the team is 4-11 and will sit home for the playoffs this January.

The struggles are finally getting to the players, leading to an ugly display after the latest loss.

In the video, you can see Gregory and Aboushi jawing at the top of the screen. Gregory then throws the first punch to which Aboushi answers with a swift jab of his own. The players were separated quickly before things got out of hand.

It was a moment that was building in what was a chippy game. Gregory was flagged for a late roughing the passer call on Rams’ QB Baker Mayfield with the Broncos trailing by four scores. Los Angeles would score on the next play to put an exclamation point on the win.

It wasn’t just Gregory who was showing frustration on the Denver sidelines, though. Teammates Brett Rypien and Dalton Risner were also seen pushing and shoving during the embarrassing Christmas Day defeat.

Denver is an absolute dumpster fire at the moment. They may have gotten rid of their head coach after the most recent loss, but they’re still tied to Russell Wilson for the foreseeable future. Tensions are mounting in the Mile High City. It will be interesting to see where the organization goes from here.

Update: Both players have been suspended for one game following the incident.

Ian Rapoport reports that both Randy Gregory and Oday Aboushi have been suspended for one game following the postgame tussle.