Following the conclusion of Thursday afternoon’s Thanksgiving game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Josh Norman and wide receiver Dez Bryant got into a shoving altercation that indicated the two men were doing more than exchanging holiday greetings.
In the locker room, Norman indicated that Bryant said, “Where I come from, we unload the clip,” to him during the skirmish. However, as of Monday, cooler heads seem to have prevailed with Norman now backing off his claims that Bryant uttered the phrase with Bryant choosing to talk around the incident as well.
Bryant finished the Cowboys’ win with five receptions for 72 yards, leading the team in both categories. With the two teams having played twice already this season, the next time Norman and Bryant will lock up with one another will be either the playoffs, if Washington can secure a spot, or the 2017 regular season.
Back in April, Norman and the Carolina Panthers failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, which left Carolina in the awkward position of having to release a reigning first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler. Just two days later, he signed a five-year, $75 million deal to join the Redskins. He has gone under heavy scrutiny in his first season for not continuously covering the opposing team’s No. 1 wide receiver, but opting to play his side of the football field.
The Cowboys appear to be in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 10-1 mark while the Redskins are 6-4-1 and in third-place in the NFC East division.