By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Arlington _ In what was the team’s final workout until training camp opens in late July, the Cowboys finished minicamp Thursday with a spirited practice that got chippy at one point at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington
Defensive end Jason Hatcher and running back DeMarco Murray had to be separated following a play in a goal line drill.
The continued extensive chatter from both sides of the ball prompted coach Jason Garrett to call timeout to call things down and remind the players how to practice hard but within reason and within the rules.
Live contact is forbidden during offseason workouts by the NFL.
Garrett’s wants players to “fit up” and work on their assignments and technique rather than go full speed.
“As coaches, you’re always explaining to players what you want the tempo to be,” Garrett said. “You guys hear us all the time. We believe in competition in everything we do. That brings the best out in everybody, but at the same time, you have to understand what kind of gear you have on. If you have helmets and jerseys on, it’s more of a fit-up, technique-type practice.
“Sometimes you have to say, ‘Guys, that’s too fast. That’s too hard. That’s not what this drill is all about.’”
Hatcher said there were no hard feeling and things just got a little competitive.
“Stuff like that brings you closer as a team,” Hatcher said. “You’re competing out there. Nobody wants to lose. At the end of the day, it’s going to carry over to the field. The way we compete in practice is the way we compete in the game. At the end of the day, we’re for each other.”