Cornerback Cary Williams and wide receiver Tandon Doss got into a heated argument during Monday's practice but they were separated before the altercation got physical. It all started when Williams and wide receiver Torrey Smith exchanged a few words, with Williams accusing Smith of holding him. Then Doss, who sat out the practice with a minor hamstring injury, began taunting Williams loudly from near the huddle.
After Doss lobbed insults at Williams from about 10 yards away for a minute or two, he finally got under the cornerback's skin. Williams slowly started to walk toward Doss before fellow cornerback Danny Gorrer stepped in and secondary coach Teryl Austin told them to relax. The heated situation quickly cooled off.
Later, Williams explained that the competition in training camp sometimes causes emotions to bubble over, but he said that he and Doss were "cool" after the animated exchange of insults, a few of them unprintable.
"It's competition. We're all great competitors and we go out there and try to play the best that we can," he said. "There is no animosity out there, just people talking a little smack. It is what it is. We don't carry it into the locker room. We're all here for one common goal: to win a championship. ... That guy can say whatever he wants to, but once you walk through the doors and into the facility, it's all shut down. We're all buddies."
He said that when it comes to his coworkers, his workplace is like most other workplaces. The big difference is that you and your coworkers probably aren't out in the summer sun banging into each other all afternoon.
"We come in here every day at 6 o'clock in the morning and stay until after 6 o'clock at night," Williams said, glancing at Doss as the wide receiver walked past him in a hallway. "There are going to be times when you are tired of seeing the same faces and hearing the same voices and tired of competing. It's a nasty, physical game. You get frustrated sometimes. But we're a team. We understand how far to go and how far not to go."
By the way, in case you are wondering, we still haven't had a physical altercation a week into training camp. But there are usually at least one or two every year. Care to make a prediction about who throws down first?