Cowboys owner doesn't mind a little tough stuff in practice

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:00 PM ET

When Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones arranged for joint practices this week with the Oakland Raiders, he was hoping to rev up the intensity and light a little competitive fire.

He got all of that. And more.

What Jones and the Cowboys have discovered is that cornerback Morris Claiborne has a body-slam worthy of the WWE, cornerback B.W. Webb has a sneaky right hook, and that they’re going to have to watch out for Oakland offensive lineman Austin Howard’s uppercut.

And, between the punches being thrown, it was learned that quarterback Tony Romo expects to make his pre-season debut Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, almost eight months after back surgery ended his 2013 season.

Competition for jobs is heating up, and so are the tempers, around NFL camps. Another fight erupted at Denver Broncos camp, but there they kept it in-house, with quarterback Peyton Manning scolding teammates for their lack of discipline.


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