The Oakland Raiders got into a couple of practice scuffles with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday as the two teams practiced together in Oxnard California. Twice, the two teams got into spirited fights as the packed crowd of mostly Raiders fans watched with delight.
When asked about the incidents, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones downplayed the situation joking that Raiders guard Austin Howard looked good throwing punches: “Boy, that 77 was putting some hooks in there. But seriously, that passion, that’s what we hoped we would be getting out of putting these teams together.”
Marcel Reece, who was one of the first players on the scene when tight end Mychal Rivera was hit with rather excessive force by Cowboys corner Maurice Claiborne, said that he was proud of his teammates. “That’s how you’ve got to do it. And it’s not about fighting. It’s about having each other’s backs. It’s about us taking care of each other, playing the game the right way.”
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said that these practices were not going to be full contact, but that rule has clearly been disregarded by a number of players on the field.