Wide receiver Dez Bryant and cornerback Tyler Patmon got into a fight during Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Ca. on Aug. 2.
Dez Bryant and Tyler Patmon got into a fight at Dallas Cowboys training camp on Aug. 2.
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According to DallasCowboys.com, the fight occurred during full-team scrimmage at the end of practice. Patmon was trying to cover Bryant. In the heat of battle, they shoved each other. Patmon then threw a punch at Bryant.
ESPN Dallas' Tood Archer says it happened during "the final play of team drills for the first-team offense and defense."
Both players' helmets came off during the exchange, per Archer.
The two exchanged punches when they returned to the sideline. Their teammates had to restrain them, per the Cowboys' official website.
Quarterback Tony Romo, running back Joseph Randle and Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones were among those who tried to pacify the two players, per DallasCowboys.com.
Bryant also appeared to throw his mouthpiece at Patmon, per ESPN Dallas. The fans in attendance gave Bryant a mixed reaction.
Things eventually cooled down. Bryant and Patmon hugged and shook hands on the field, per the Cowboys' official website.
Bryant told DallasCowboys.com things just got a little heated:
"You know, it's two great competitors going at it. We are going back and forth, at the end of the day, that's what you want. I got a little heated. At the end of the day, that's something you really need on the team, trying to win ballgames.
"I was just talking a whole bunch of stuff to him, he was talking back to me. It just escalated on the next play. He wasn't going to back down. I wasn't going to back down.
"Of course, you have to like that. You don't want nobody weak on the team. That's why Patmon is here. He was undrafted. He's fighting his way and he's fighting for respect. He's got mine. I'll go to war with a guy like that any day of the week."
For his part, Patmon told DallasCowboys.com it was just a case of two brothers fighting.
"It's just brothers -- brothers fighting. That happens sometimes," Patmon said. "We're brothers and we squash it. That was it, it's over."
Dallas tight end Jason Witten downplayed the fight. He told Archer it's common among all 32 NFL teams:
"It's going on with 31 other teams, too. It's competition. You go through it and you get it worked out in the locker room and it's all fine.
"You guys are acting like a bunch of kids at the circus trying to get it. I mean, it's training camp. We all got a shirt that says 'Fight.'"
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones agreed with Witten, per Archer:
"This was our second day of having this crowd out here. And the kind of atmosphere that everybody's worked to put together and that atmosphere breeds that kind of passion, that kind of excitement.
"And sure enough here comes some little after-the-whistle action...That's good stuff. That's training camp.
"Now, that's not new. That's been happening in our training camp for years and years and years. It is a throwback to the years you saw Michael Irvin and Deion (Sanders) and those guys."
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett spoke with Bryant after practice. Bryant talked to several people who tried to intervene during the scuffle, per Archer.
Patmon was catching several passes before he spoke with media, per ESPN Dallas.
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