A pregame scuffle broke out between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers an hour before kickoff.
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Cowboys, Chargers Get in Pregame Fight
Multiple videos posted showed a fight breaking out and punches being thrown between both teams.
Just had a pregame fight between the Cowboys and Chargers pic.twitter.com/GOqRdYOmMH
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 16, 2023
A video from ESPN shows Dante Fowler, Sam Williams, and Mazi Smith were spotted throwing punches.
— ESPN (@espn) October 16, 2023
It was clearly a heated moment that lasted nearly 30 seconds before the scrum broke up and tempers died down.
What happened beforehand that led to the brawl is unclear, but it was heated and escalated quickly as you see multiple players, coaches, and officials running to break it up.
The NFL Rules Compliance states, “The league will not tolerate game action that may endanger the health and safety of players, including roughing the passer, horse-collar tackles or hits on defenseless players. Fighting is strictly prohibited.”
There is no information on everyone involved, but it is unlikely that this will impact anything in the game since both teams were at fault.
However, the NFL can fine players who violate the Code of Conduct and Rules Compliance, and throwing punches is a strict infraction.
It will be interesting to see how the NFL handles this situation in the days to follow the game.
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