Dez Bryant scuffles with Cowboys CB Tyler Patmon

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  • By Jeremy Bergman NFL.com
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It wouldn't be a normal day at Dallas Cowboys training camp without a little drama.

Late in Sunday's Cowboys practice, Dez Bryant got into a spat with cornerback Tyler Patmon.

Bryant reportedly threw a mouthpiece at Patmon, threw a straight left and followed him after the fight initially slowed. Both Bryant and Patmon are Oklahoma State alumni.

The training camp fight was met with a chorus of boos from the onlooking Cowboys fans.

Bryant explained to reporters after Sunday's practice, "It's two great competitors going at it. We were chirping a little bit back and forth. I got a little bit overheated. ... I was giving him a little bit of mouth, talking about a whole bunch of stuff to him. He was talking back to me, and it just escalated to the next play. ... He wasn't going to back down, I wasn't going to back down. ... At the end of the day, we shook hands, we hugged and we respect one another."

Patmon added, "We're family. It's intense out here, it's training camp. It's part of it. ... We love each other."

When Bryant was asked if the two still "love each other," he replied, "No doubt," adding that he didn't want anyone "weak" on the team.

"You go to war with a guy like that any day of the week."

Tony Romo, Joseph Randle and Jeremy Mincey were involved in breaking the scuffle up.

"Dez can be a hothead sometimes," Mincey said, "but it's good. It's good to have passion and play the game that way."

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