Cardinals defensive again Dre Kirkpatrick swung at Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf in a third-quarter melee Thursday night time between NFC West division rivals.

Tensions started to flare on the earlier possession when Seattle’s Quandre Diggs was flagged for a grimy hit over the center on a defenseless DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins was visibly upset by the incident however prevented harm. When the Seahawks obtained the ball following an Arizona landing, rising resentment turned to bodily confrontation.

Within the aftermath of a clumsy deal with of Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett, Kirkpatrick and Metcalf exchanged phrases close to the sideline. Kirkpatrick, already being restrained by teammates, threw a punch. The groups then pushed and shoved for a number of extra seconds earlier than referees broke up the skirmish.

Metcalf is rising a status for unnerving his opponents. The second-year participant provoked Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore right into a tussle after burning Gilmore all through their Sept. 20 matchup.

Here is the Metcalf-Gilmore incident from earlier within the yr:

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Kirkpatrick’s foul Thursday led to a Seahawks landing by way of operating again Carlos Hyde.

Metcalf caught a landing within the first quarter, although he later let a would-be second rating hit him within the chest.

Followers on social media have been amused at Kirkpatrick wanting a battle from Metcalf, who’s constructed like Larry the Lobster from “SpongeBob.”