Dallas Cowboy's second-year tight end Rico Gathers was tossed out of practice for the second time in as many months on Sunday.
Per the Dallas Morning News, Gathers got mad after a one-on-one drill in which he was beat by Wilber. Gathers continued the play, pushing Wilber through the line of players watching the drill. Then he spiked the helmet. This time, it resulted in him getting sent to the locker room by coach Jason Garrett. He wasn't alone -- linebacker Kyle Wilber and receiver Noah Brown were also sent off the field when things turned heated Sunday.
It wasn't the first time this offseason it's happened. In June's minicamp he slammed his helmet in disgust after missing a block, and his position coach kicked him out of practice.
"Just competing with my teammates," Gathers said. "It got a little heated, you know. I finished the play all the way through and some of the defense didn't really agree with that, but hey, that's what my coaches taught me to do, finish the play through the whistle.
"That's what I did. From there, it got a little heated. But that's just the competitive nature of the game."
Gathers knows his coaches don't approve of his helmet tossing.
"That's just my way of calming myself down," Gathers said. "I'm not trying to hit any of my teammates or nothing, so I take it out on my helmet. My coaches don't agree with that, and they sent me into the locker room for about 10 minutes and then I came back to practice and got to work."
Brown and Wilber had exchanged words later during team drills, even drawing in star receiver Dez Bryant. The three players who were kicked out got a talking-to from Garrett about staying disciplined and locked in, Gathers said, before they returned .
Gathers said he and his teammates, who hugged, are all good.
"This is an aggressive game," said Gathers, who is vying to make the active roster for the first time. "But you want to be smartly aggressive."