A Cowboys Fight, And Maybe A Tense - Intense Reason For It

Mike Fisher
August 24, 2018 - 6:11 am
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett



FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - Maybe it was the result of a tense day. Maybe it was the result of an intense day. But the Dallas Cowboys' practice on Thursday inside the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco featured more than just "roster-spot competition,'' which is normal as its still preseason and, technically, still training camp.

It featured more than just "compete period,'' where two players are pitted head-to-head, offense-vs.-defense, with their same-colored-jerseys teammates rooting them on.

This workout featured a fight.

The main event centered on veteran defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford (getting a great deal of work at tackle, by the way, as Randy Gregory comes on fast at end) vs. backup offensive lineman Kadeem Edwards, Crawford muscled Edwards to win the drill. Somebody said something to someone. And suddenly, Edwards took a poke at Crawford's (helmet-covered) head.

And a melee ensured. ... with a new main event: franchise-tagged Pro Bowl end DeMarcus Lawrence entered the fray with a large roundhouse swing at the (helmeted-head) of Edwards.

A safer approach to "Compete Period'' came when rookie O-lineman Connor Williams was challenged by young defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, both of them slated to start, both of their representing their "team colors.'' And a smart approach to understand why things got so heated in general?

I can only say that the diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome for team leader Travis Frederick -- which puts his season in limbo -- caught you and me off-guard, caused us to have a bad day, brought on our own tenseness and intensity ... so maybe, in addition to their preparation for Sunday's exhibition against the Cardinals and real games soon after that, it did the same to his friends and teammates.