December 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers: Jim Harbaugh Breaks Up Fight During Practice


Aug 5, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks between players during 49ers training camp at the 49ers practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Even a Super Bowl contending team has its head-shaking moments.

The San Francisco 49ers had theirs on Tuesday during practice, when safeties C.J. Spillman and Michael Thomas got into a scuffle, and head coach Jim Harbaugh had to break it up.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Spillman and Thomas are competing with each other for practice reps, and tempers boiled over. Spillman first took a swing at Thomas, then both players went to the ground. As other players tried to separate the two, Harbaugh got involved and dove into the pile to break it up. Spillman was ordered off the field, while Thomas got to stay and finish practice.

Spillman is listed as a safety, but has spent the majority of his three-year career with the 49ers on special teams, where he has excelled. Last season, he recorded 10 tackles in 16 games.

However, this season, he is looking to become a starter at the safety position.

“I know my skills,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I can run with just about anybody. I am very confident I can go out there and compete at the highest level.”

Thomas, who has yet to play in an NFL game, spent last season on the practice squad and was signed to a reserve/future contract earlier this offseason.

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  • loverpoint

    Fighting for more practice reps. I’m sure a coach can’t get to mad at that. Considering some players fake injuries just so they don’t have to practice.