Morris Claiborne challenged Terrance Williams. Williams said he finally had enough after Claiborne ignored his request to take the competitiveness down a notch.
The two jawed back and forth for a few plays before cooler heads prevailed. Both tried to downplay it afterward, referring to it as heat of the moment.
“It’s one of those things,” Williams said. “I mean, I’m all for playing football, but I just feel like sometimes if it goes a tad bit overboard to where I feel like I’m about to get hurt, then I’ve got to just tell him, ‘Lighten up a tad bit, but still do your job. But just don’t try to hurt me.’ That’s all.”
After one incompletion from Tony Romo to Williams, Claiborne yelled, “Bring Dez over here.”
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“It just got a little bit competitive,” Claiborne said. “He didn’t like the way I was touching him. I don’t know what else I was supposed to have done, just let him run his route. But it gets like that sometimes out here. We’re still teammates. We’re still buddies. It’s a physical game. In one-on-one’s, it definitely gets physical out there. It was good competition.”
Later in 11-on-11 work, Bryant made a leaping catch over Claiborne.
“I felt like I was right there,” Claiborne said. “I felt like it was good coverage, but most of all, it was a good throw and a great catch by Dez. I felt like I was right there. They say I went pinkies up. If I would stuck my hand straight up, I probably would have got it.”
Claiborne was on the sidelines the final part of practice after cramping up, but said it’s not a serious issue that will force him to miss time.
Claiborne and Williams said they remain friends and teammates. Meanwhile, tight end Jason Witten applauded the competitiveness of the two players on the first day with pads on and in a full team practice.
“There’s a little bit of that goes on,” Witten said. “Sometimes it gets pretty exciting and gets the best out of you. But I leave it to those young guys, but it’s good to see. I’ve heard stories about the ‘90s Cowboys and that’s when they’re at their best, when you have competition like that. Both of those guys we’re counting on, big-time players on this team, so good to see them go against each other and neither one backed down.”