The Cowboys and Raiders had a joint practice in Oxnard, CA, on Tuesday, and it went pretty much as you expected — with a large brawl, including a Raiders fan who swung a helmet at a Dallas player.
Imagine what what have happened had this not be a non-tackling practice.
It all began when Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne leveled Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera near the sideline on a pass play (hey! Non-tackling practice!) which led to Raiders players retaliating, and then a big dogpile. One fan can be seen above swinging a helmet, with Cowboys CB B.W. Webb retaliating by taking a swing at the fan.
It’s definitely a dangerous situation,” Webb said. “I don’t know why fans would want to jump on this side of the fence. I don’t think they’d like it too much on this side.”
But even that brawl and a smaller one on the other field involving Cowboys running back J.C. Copeland and Raiders linebacker Justin Cole couldn’t mar the day.
“I don’t like the fights. I want to come out and practice football,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We don’t have any time for that, and we certainly don’t want to get anybody injured in fisticuffs. I thought both teams came out and competed and got a lot of good work in.”
Look at it this way — it’s the first skirmish in the new San Antonio-Dallas rivalry.