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Khalil Mack vs. Adam Shaheen headlines Bears-Dolphins skirmishes

The outside linebackers and tight ends were matched up for one-on-one work Thursday, and eventually coaches disbanded the drill early.

Mack had no patience for his former teammate’s combativeness in practice Thursday.
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Welcome back, Adam Shaheen.

No, not really.

Shaheen, one of the Bears’ biggest draft disappointments in recent memory, has latched on as a tight end with the Dolphins. That meant he was going head-to-head against Khalil Mack in one-on-one drills at the start of practice Thursday morning, and they clashed after Mack knocked Shaheen down.

“It was a good, competitive day,” Shaheen said. “You’re going to have that. They got us. We got them.

“That’s just guys talking. That’s gonna happen. It wasn’t just me. It wasn’t just [Mack]. It was back and forth, nothing crazy.”

Shaheen got some payback during 11-on-11 red-zone work when he caught a touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa. He started toward the goalpost like he was going to dunk the ball, but reconsidered and trotted back to the huddle.

“My feet got tangled up and I thought you know what, ‘I might as well just run this one back,’” he said. “That’s why I didn’t even jump.”

Back to the one-on-one drills, the friction continued as Dolphins tight end Cethan Carter scrapped with Bears outside linebacker Trevis Gipson, and eventually the coaches disbanded the drill early.

There was also a brief skirmish after Dolphins safety Eric Rowe dropped Bears tight end Cole Kmet after a catch, but otherwise the teams got along mostly peacefully for two days.