IRVING, Texas — Near the end of Wednesday’s minicamp practice at Valley Ranch, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford took exception to the way center Travis Frederick was trying to block him during two-minute drills.
A scuffle ensued and punches were thrown.
"It’s a man’s game," Crawford said. "I felt disrespected. With me coming off my injury, everybody was trying to disrespect me.
"He didn’t come too hard at all. It was just the way he grabbed me by my head. I was really upset."
Crawford suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon on the first day of training camp practice last July. He’s been progressing back to full health and is expected to have a significant role this season.
Crawford, who was still jawing with offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau a couple plays later, acknowledged that he has put the situation behind him.
"Oh yeah," Crawford said. "We’re friends."
Frederick declined comment.
"We always preach competitiveness," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "But you have to compete the right way. The best teams that I’ve been on have always had skirmishes happen. There’s a healthy respect for each other. We’re just trying to get better.
"Sometimes those things happen on the practice field. I thought our guys handled it well after that. We separated the group and moved on to the next drill."