I was at that particular practice when they fought. It was actually more of an "after the whistle" scuffle. You had Nate, the new guy wanting to make his own statement, along with the all pro veteran Randy, who was maintaining his place within the team and the league. Both players had immense pride in their game. It was a one-on-one pass drill where the offensive lineman had the responsibility of not letting the defensive player get passed him. At this time, Randy already had two injuries from the previous season that ultimately lead to end of his career (the pinched nerve in his neck, as well as the bad hamstring) and just wasn’t as effective as he once was. Nate on the other hand was part of the new wave of huge offensive lineman. He was massive and made the existing offensive linemen (even pro bowl offensive linemen) look small in comparison. As the whistle blew, they had initial contact and Randy was still strong enough to “pop” big Nate off the line. Randy would then use that “swim” technique of his to try and get past. In that single drill, they re-engaged three times. Pop-swim, pop-swim and pop-swim. In the past, Randy was strong enough to knock the opposing lineman off the line and then fast enough to swim over and get behind the line of scrimmage. At this point in his career, Randy still had great strength but just didn’t have the same speed and Nate was able to stay in front of him the entire time. At the end, they were both locked into each other and nobody was pushing anyone backwards. Their torsos just took turns getting pushed back and forth, as they continued this “in your face” struggle. One thing I found puzzling was that as Randy and Nate were locked up, the other offensive linemen seemed overjoyed at the prospect of some new guy hanging in there with Randy. They were hooting and hollering and I thought, what is this? Randy has been with the team for 10 or 11 years and they are supporting the new guy? My brother (who was an OL) set me straight about that and said for years, Randy was dumping the Dallas offensive linemen in practice and finally they had someone in their squad (Nate) showing incredible promise. If Nate could give Randy trouble, he would certainly be an asset to the team during the regular season. The OL group were overjoyed at the prospect of having some “next level” talent. That logic proved to be true as big Nate was a regular attendee at the Pro bowl for several years. Back to the story… So, the whistle blows to end the play and nobody wants to be the first to stop. They are locked up and giving each other the evil eye. Randy pops Nate and Nate’s arms go flying up. The response didn’t have as much intensity but Nate shoves Randy in return. Randy then smacks Nate on the side of the helmet and Nate responds with another push. Randy grabs Nate’s facemask and pulls Nate forward into a head-butt. Nate turns and goes back to the OL group. Randy stays there for a moment, watching Nate walk off and then returns to the DL group. That was it.