According to ESPN, during Wednesday's joint session with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets senior defensive assistant/cornerbacks coach Oden went down on the sideline and needed to be taken to the hospital due to a little "friendly fire" incident during a skirmish between the two teams. However, head coach Robert Saleh assured reporters that Oden is expected to be fine.
As the fight began to dissipate, Oden was seen on his knee while medical personnel tended to him for a few moments before the cart was brought out. The players, showing concern, took a knee while Oden managed to walk off on his own power. Eventually, he rode back to the locker room in the front seat.
With an impressive 20-year career as an assistant coach in the NFL, Oden has spent the past four years alongside Robert Saleh, first in San Francisco and now in New York.
It's not uncommon for fights to break out during joint practices, particularly among linemen. Such incidents occur in a more private setting than actual games and often serve as a break from the intensity of training camp. These joint practices are taking place throughout the month of August all across the country.
Just last week, the Jets took part in joint practices with the Carolina Panthers leading up to their preseason opener. They are set to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 of the preseason this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.