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Cowboys FB Tyler Clutts, a former California state wrestling champion, gets into it with S Jeff Heath during practice

Dallas Cowboys fullback Tyler Clutts (44) drags defenders with him during a recent practice.
Dallas Cowboys fullback Tyler Clutts (44) drags defenders with him during a recent practice. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The St. Louis Rams don’t arrive until Monday. But the Cowboys didn’t wait that long to start fighting. Fullback Tyler Clutts took offense at a “shot” safety Jeff Heath put on him, and he let Heath know by starting a skirmish Sunday.

“I got a little frustrated with [the shot], and he was just playing fast and it was a competitive situation, so it was just both of us letting our emotions take control,” Clutts said. “We’re just as good a buddies when we walk into the locker room. It happens out on the football field. Like I said, it’s good to see feistiness. I’d be a little disappointed if some of that didn’t go on.”

Lance Dunbar, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Kyle Wilber were among those involved in a melee that didn’t last long. Dunbar even went in without a helmet.

“It just got very physical,” Dunbar said. “The offense was doing a good job of beating defense, and they got fed up, and you know how it gets when intensity gets high and you’re losing.”

Heath shrugged it off afterward, saying he and Clutts already had made nice, much like Dez Bryant and Tyler Patmon did after their fight a couple of weeks ago.

“If you look at training camps all around the NFL, it happens pretty much on a daily basis, so it’s happened before and we treat it the same every time,” Heath said. “We do what we have to do and then after it we’re teammates again and I’ve already talked to him, so we’re good.”

Clutts was asked who would have won the fight between he and Heath.

“I’m not going to say I was a California state wrestling champion, but I’m also not denying that fact,” Clutts said. “I don’t know. I think if he would have gone to the ground, I would have had the advantage.”

Martin wouldn’t have disagreed, laughing at the notion he got involved to protect one of his running backs.

“I don’t think I need to protect Tyler from anyone,” Martin said.

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