Dez Bryant, J.J. Wilcox fight at Cowboys camp


Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and safety J.J. Wilcox got into a fight at Cowboys camp after what Wilcox later admitted was a “cheap shot” on the practice field, but everyone said it was fine afterward.

As the Star-Telegram describes it, Wilcox threw a few wild haymakers and landed at least one punch on Bryant’s face mask, but both players said later that they were cool.

“J.J. put a nice hit on me,” Bryant said. “He pissed me off, but at the end of the day, I loved it. I told him, ‘Keep it coming.’ Hopefully the rest of the guys on that defense – not only the defense, but the offense and the whole team – feed off of that. That’s what it takes to win. That’s what we need to win. You’ve got to have that passion and that love for the game.”

Wilcox said the fight was a sign of two guys who put everything into competing against each other.

“Dez is a great player,” Wilcox said. “He’s a fiery player. With that being said, I’m trying to catch up and get our defense up to their level. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and take the bullet. I took the bullet today. It was a great play and he congratulated me. We’re still brothers. We’re going to fight to get this thing turned around.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he doesn’t encourage fights, but he doesn’t exactly mind them either.

“You’re not out here making friends, we’re trying to build a football team,” Garrett said. “One of the ways we believe that happens is creating competitive situations where these guys fight hard against each other, and I think we saw some of that today and it’s really been evident throughout training camp. We’re not encouraging these guys taking these huge hits in practiced. That’s not what we want to do. Having said that, when you get into some competitive situations, sometimes those guys are right up against the edge and that’s not a bad thing for your team either.”

The good news for the Cowboys is that their defense is putting up a fight against their offense in practice. Last year the Cowboys’ defense didn’t put up much of a fight against anyone.

23 responses to “Dez Bryant, J.J. Wilcox fight at Cowboys camp

  1. “That’s what it takes to win.”
    So, assaulting a teammate, throwing punches and “cheap shots” are what it takes to win.
    Yeah, Dez, that thinking is probably why you guys haven’t done any winning of significance lately.

  2. reminds me of the movie “North Dallas Forty” where two guys to get into it during practice. Nick Nolte is watching it happen and suddenly it occurs to him that the coaches wanted it to happen….

  3. It really wasn’t a very big deal. The hit by Wilcox didn’t appear to be that much of a cheap shot to me. Dez caught the pass in the middle of the field so Wilcox hit him. That is football.

    Guys get edgy at these controlled practices where everyone wants to come out not injured.

  4. Since a small training camp skirmish (that happens at 31 other camps by the way) seems to be the opening for the predicatable “average” “Garrett is a poor leader”, “mediocre franchise”. I thought I’d get it out there that training camp dust ups only occur when you have a bad GM.

    “Jerruh” Jones must go!!! As you were.

  5. The.”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…


    This coming from an eagle’s fan. Hilarious. If you would please refrain from commenting on the boys until your team wins a SB, I would greatly appreciate it.

  6. Typical. Dez does something; not much, but it was something. When he loses his temper in a game and costs the team points let’s see what the reactions will be.

  7. Only saw this because NFL Network showed it a 100 times last night. But the hit was no big deal and not what started the fight. If you watch it again watch as Dez goes to the ground, Wilcox tries to stomp on him with his foot and that’s when the fight starts. Either you don’t like your teammate or you have serious control issues when you try to stomp your own teammate during practice!

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