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:
Doney provided a video showing a security guard returning Bryant's diamond earring that was lost in the fight:
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, as Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano (via 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:
Hill added that the fight marked the end of practice, despite the Cowboys' wishes:
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:
Skirmishes have been a part of football since I’ve played, and I know they’re a part of it well before I ever showed up. That’s the nature of it, you try to create competitive situations on your team and sometimes you have these guys competing to win and these kinds of things happen. How you handle those situations is critical. You have to get it behind you quickly and focus on the next task at hand. Whenever we bring another team in, our objective is not to fight.
ESPN's Bomani Jones followed up by taking note of offensive guard Brandon Washington's involvement:
Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, tweeted out a reminder to players regarding the league's stance on fighting:
But as Ross Tucker, an NBC Sports analyst and former NFL offensive lineman, explained, joint practices are set up to produce fisticuffs:
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 against the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 23, while the Rams are set to do battle with the Tennessee Titans that same evening.