Eagles Notes: Dez Bryant, Malcolm Jenkins clash before game
The Eagles-Cowboys rivalry heated up Sunday night even before the kickoff. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant were involved in a confrontation during warm-ups. They had three rounds of an apparent heated discussion during a 1-minute, 53-second video captured by Comcast SportsNet. Other players and coaches got between the high-profile players twice.
The Eagles-Cowboys rivalry heated up Sunday night even before the kickoff.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant were involved in a confrontation during warm-ups. They had three rounds of an apparent heated discussion during a 1-minute, 53-second video captured by Comcast SportsNet. Other players and coaches got between the high-profile players twice.
During the first encounter, Jenkins walked away after about 20 seconds. Then he turned around as Bryant walked toward him. At that point, Eagles assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams stood between them. Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox came over, too. That lasted about 40 seconds.
Twenty seconds later, the discussion continued. They both pointed at each other, with Williams standing between them. The confrontation never appeared to get physical.
"We were talking about our plans for Christmas," Jenkins joked. "He invited me over, and I told him you can just come to my place. . . . We were trying to work out the logistics."
After the Eagles' Thanksgiving win in Dallas, Bryant told reporters that the Eagles "were being kind of cheap." He said he could not wait for Sunday's rematch, and ended up scoring three touchdowns.
"Everybody knows Dez is an emotional player," Jenkins said. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He's very, very outspoken. We knew he was going to be fired up coming into the game. It's as expected."
With only quarterback Nick Foles declared out Sunday, there were no surprises among the seven players who were inactive for the Eagles.
Foles was the biggest name of the group and will undergo an evaluation on Monday on his broken collarbone. Tight end Trey Burton returned after missing last week's loss to Seattle with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Josh Huff left the Seahawks game with a hip injury, but he was healthy enough to play Sunday.
The other inactive players were safety Jerome Couplin, defensive back Jaylen Watkins, offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, wide receiver Jeff Maehl, and defensive end Taylor Hart.
Couplin was signed Wednesday off the Detroit Lions' practice squad.
Watkins, the Eagles' fourth-round pick, has played only three games this season. Vandervelde and Kelly are usually inactive when the offensive line is healthy. Maehl dressed last week when Burton was out, but he is now back on the sideline. Hart, the Eagles' fifth-round pick, has not played this season.
Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews briefly left the game to be evaluated for a head injury. Emmanuel Acho replaced him for a drive before Matthews returned.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews left the game for a play in the first quarter while doctors evaluated him. He also returned to the game.
Trent Cole left the game in the fourth quarter with a hand injury.