Video: Aaron Donald, Connor Williams Scuffle at Rams, Cowboys PracticeAugust 8, 2021
A scuffle between Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Connor Williams caused the two teams to charge the field during a joint training camp practice held in Oxnard, California.
Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL
That didn’t last long. Fight breaks out during Cowboys’ first 11-on-11. LG Connor Williams and Rams DT Aaron Donald at center ot it, yanking each other’s face mask behind play. They just had two 1-on-1 reps vs. each other on opposite side of field. Williams not backing down. <a href="https://t.co/AAKdLAczYT">https://t.co/AAKdLAczYT</a> <a href="https://t.co/fFIT85lgKM">pic.twitter.com/fFIT85lgKM</a>
Williams was reportedly faring well against Donald in one-on-one drills prior to the dust-up:
Omar Ruiz @OmarDRuiz
LG Connor Williams holding his own in 1-on-1’s vs Aaron Donald during the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LARams?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LARams</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> scrimmage <a href="https://t.co/mPQzh8w8JY">pic.twitter.com/mPQzh8w8JY</a>
Donald left his mark in practice, however.
The Cowboys were hosting the Rams at their training camp home. The pre-practice expectation was that there would be no fights.
"We have no interest in fights. That's a waste of everybody's time," Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said, per Cowboys.com senior writer Rob Phillips.
"Those days, to me, are over. That's not what I'm looking for. It definitely will penalize your team if it happens in a game, so why the hell would you do it in practice? I think Sean feels the same way. We just want the quality work."
As Phillips noted, these teams got into it in their 2015 joint practice. It happened again Saturday, although it ended without any serious ramifications.