The Dallas Cowboys held their annual Blue & White Scrimmage in Oxnard, CA on Sunday afternoon. And as the public scrimmage gave fans their first glimpse of the 2014 version of the Cowboys, they also got some extra entertainment to go along with it. During the full contact portion of the practice, wide receiver Dez Bryant caught a pass on a deep slant pattern. Suddenly, second year safety J.J. Wilcox violently hit Bryant, forcing the wideout to the ground. A skirmish between the two players then occurred with Dez headbutting and then pushing Wilcox, who retaliated with several swings at Bryant’s helmet.
You can watch the fight in the below video:
Both players were sidelined after the fight. Quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten talked to Bryant while he was on the sidelines. Romo even had his arm around the disgruntled receiver. A few minutes later, both players where back on the field. Bryant even gave a nod of approval and a thumbs up towards Wilcox in consultation. The young safety did the same in return.
Infamously, Bryant is known for his emotional outburst. Last season, Dez garnered plenty of media attention for his sideline antics (video below). Many have confused his passion for complaining.
Wilcox, on the other hand, struggled his rookie season. Especially after the death of his mother. The young player is looking to rebound from last year and appears to have the inside track on the starting safety role.
After the scrimmage, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett admitted they were treading a fine line there, but both players have a healthy respect for each other. And that it’s a competitive situation for a reason.
Bryant later stated he “loved” the Wilcox hit. And that he knows it was needed in order to inspire their defense to step up.