The NY Jets will "host" the NY Giants this summer for their annual preseason meeting at MetLife Stadium, but for the first time since in nearly two decades, there will be a little extra coordination between the two New York franchises.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported on Friday that the Jets and Giants will "likely" hold a joint practice with one another in the week leading up to their preseason game set for Aug. 28.
This marks the first time the Jets and Giants have held joint practices since the infamous event in 2005 that saw coaches argue and multiple punches thrown.
Some 17 years later, both sides will be hoping for a smoother week of practice this time around. And for Jets fans, in particular, they'll be looking to avoid any major injuries.
The NY Jets hope for a clean bill of health in their joint practices
Jets fans know all too well the potential dangers of these joint practices. Of course, it was just last August that star free-agent signing Carl Lawson tore his Achilles while participating in a joint practice with the Green Bay Packers.
While they can be fun and are a great way to gauge how a team's roster stacks up against their foes, the competitive nature of them could lead to some tragic results, much as was the case with Lawson.
Different headlines were made, however, the last time the Jets and Giants practiced together. Jets defensive backs Erik Coleman and Oliver Celestin exchanged punches with Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey on just the second play of the first drill.
That would prove to be an indication of what was to come in a contentious, tension-filled practice session. Then Giants head coach Tom Coughlin got into it with Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson and Coughlin later expressed his displeasure to the media.
That practice feels like a lifetime ago, however, and it's safe to say that any bad blood between the two organizations doesn't really extend beyond the whole local rivalry concept at this point.
After what happened with Lawson last year, all the Jets want is a clean bill of health entering the 2022 season. Here's to hoping both sides escape without any major ailments.