Micah Parsons punch, Sam Williams body slam highlight scuffles at Cowboys camp

Tensions reached a boiling point at Cowboys training camp on Wednesday.
Jul 31, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during training camp at
Jul 31, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during training camp at / Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp must be winding down because tensions at Dallas Cowboys camp in Oxnard have reached a boiling point with one week remaining.

At Wednesday's practice, things got chippy between Sam Williams and 2022 undrafted free agent Brock Hoffman during team drills. Williams had already showed frustration with Hoffman, so the second-year pass rusher took exception when Hoffman played through the whistle.

Williams retaliated by shoving Hoffman, which turned out to be a poor business decision because center Tyler Biadasz clotheslined Williams before the 2022 second-round pick could get in a defensive position.

DeMarcus Lawrence jumped in to defend Williams and shoved Biadasz.

Williams and the two linemen continued chirping before players were separated. Dan Quinn ultimately intervened and called a team huddle.

Micah Parsons throws punch, Sam Williams gets body-slammed in scuffles at Cowboys camp

A team huddle can only do so much when tensions are riding high. Sure enough, another scuffle broke out minutes later.

Having taken exception to Biadasz blindsiding his defensive teammate, Micah Parsons (!) threw a punch at the former fourth-round pick following a rep during team drills. It's hard to decipher what instigated this rumpus, but Nick Harris of DallasCowboys.com captured a video that showed multiple Cowboys holding Parsons back.

At the end of the video, you can see Dak Prescott pull Parsons away and console the antagonized defender. Prescott was the first player to talk to Parsons after the scuffle in yet another elite display of leadership from the QB.

Like Quinn, though, Prescott's words weren't enough to lighten the mood in Oxnard.

Later in practice, Biadasz took issue with how Leighton Vander Esch handled Deuce Vaughn on a running play. Biadasz and Vander Esch took part in some shoving and exchanged words. This wasn't nearly as animated as the first two fights, but it sheds a light on the chipinness of Wednesday's practice.

At the end of the day, though, this is a case of iron sharpening iron. Much like Trevon Diggs trash-talking Dak Prescott, it's all part of the camp process. Jayron Kearse described it perfectly after practice.


As much as Mike McCarthy might condemn fighting at practice, the Cowboys will be better for this. At some point, all teams experience a fight at camp.

Biadasz body-slamming Williams, Lawrence's retaliation and Parsons' punch all show this team is ready for the regular season.

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