The Dallas Cowboys aren’t strangers to training camp fights.
After bad blood between the Cowboys and Oakland Raiders boiled over during a joint practice last year and wide receiver Dez Bryant got into it with cornerback Tyler Patmon on Aug. 2, Dallas was involved in a tussle with the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday.
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth’s Pat Doney passed along video of the melee from the joint practice in Oxnard, California:
A closer look from the Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota revealed that Bryant got slugged with his helmet off:
Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram also passed along video of Rams wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez handing Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox’s helmet off as a souvenir:
Additionally, Scout.com’s Nate Latsch identified rookie running back Todd Gurley—who likely won’t play in preseason games as he rehabilitates his previously torn ACL, according to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling—as a primary participant:
The Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill was quick to point out that Tuesday’s brawl represented a step up intensity-wise from last year’s clash:
Incidentally, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett discussed the possibility of a fight on Aug. 16 before Dallas and St. Louis opened joint practices, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George:
ESPN’s Bomani Jones followed up by taking note of offensive guard Brandon Washington’s involvement:
The NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, tweeted out a reminder to players regarding the league’s stance on fighting:
The Cowboys and Rams won’t get a chance to settle things on the field during the regular season, and with Tuesday marking the last day of joint practices between the two sides, both teams can start to blow off steam as they prep for their second preseason tilts.
Dallas will be back in action Sunday, Aug. 23, against the San Francisco 49ers, while the Rams are set to do battle with the Tennessee Titans that same evening.