Scuffle breaks out at Cowboys Minicamp

Dallas Cowboys

POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:29pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 7:41pm

Things got heated Wednesday at Cowboys Minicamp when a skirmish broke out on the second day of the three-day camp. Defensive end Tyrone Crawford and center Travis Frederick got into during two-minute drills. Shoving escalated into punches thrown as teammates got involved.

It’s a man’s game,” Crawford said. “I felt disrespected. With me coming off my injury, everybody was trying to disrespect me.

“He didn’t come too hard at all. It was just the way he grabbed me by my head. I was really upset.”

Crawford missed all of last season after suffering a season ending torn left Achilles tendon on the first day of training camp last July.

Head coach Jason Garrett said practice scuffles between teammates is not anything new for any team in the NFL.

“Well, these guys have been going at each other a little bit. And you know, it’s I guess our 11th practice of the offseason,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “We’re in a two-minute type situation, and we always preach competitiveness and competing and you have to compete the right way. The best teams I’ve been on have always had skirmishes happen, a healthy respect for each other.

Tight end Jason Witten agreed with his coach's sentiments.

“We’ve had nine, 10 hard practices. I think it’s been kind of adding up and fueling up in these guys’ minds and it was a little hot and competing out there, so it’s all right,” Witten said. “It’s good, though. It’s good to have that kind of competition, good for our team.”

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