Saints' Penning won't change playing style: 'You've got to be mean'
"Nothing's nice about football. You've got to be mean," Penning said Thursday, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell. "You want the guy across from you to hate your guts. If the guy hates you, you're doing your job.”
That was the third consecutive practice in which Penning was involved in an altercation with a teammate, following friction with safety J.T. Gray and 2021 first-round defensive end Payton Turner. Penning and Turner reportedly threw punches last Monday before their fight was broken up.
"We don't have time for that," Saints head coach Dennis Allen said last week.
The Saints drafted Penning 19th overall out of Northern Iowa in April.