http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/21/tempers-flare-chargers-cowboys-scuffle/ Tempers flare in Chargers, Cowboys scuffle There was lots of handshakin', huggin' and "how ya doin'?" Tuesday when the Chargers and Cowboys finished their dual practice. Earlier, it was a lot less friendly. The Chargers defense and Cowboys offense got into a scuffle, centered around rookie linebacker Melvin Ingram and Dallas tight end Andrew Szczerba. The crowd of players grew thick, but several Chargers members said Szczerba ripped off Ingram's helmet and swung it at the first-round pick. The rest of practice was noticeably tense and chippy between the two sides. About 10 minutes later, cornerback Quentin Jammer decleated a Dallas wide receiver near the goal line, bringing both sides together again to exchange words. Ingram declined comment about the incident. Szczerba wouldn't go into detail about his role. "It was my fault," Szczerba said, "and it won't happen again. ... I would have got a personal foul. I would have hurt the team. You've got to be smarter next time." Teammates rushed to Ingram's defense. At least one Charger tackled Szczerba to the ground as others worked to break it up. Multiple defenders called themselves a "family" that looks out for each another. The responsibility, linebacker Larry English said, comes with a fine line. "We protect each other, but we don't want to start a whole brawl out there," English said. "That's never the point. Guys were being smart about it. ... We weren't trying to have a big brawl like you've seen in other training camps because it doesn't make sense. It doesn't prove anything. It doesn't get anything done. We're out there to get better." The scuffle lasted less than a minute and was a side note to an otherwise productive two-day practice session between the sides. Each benefited from facing an unfamiliar system and players with different tendencies than the ones they've grown accustomed to seeing in training camp. It's the second straight year the Chargers and Cowboys held joint practices. In the Chargers locker room, players were still agitated about Szczerba's alleged helmet swing. "We're all professionals," safety Atari Bigby said. "You don't do that. You've got to have respect for the game. It's already a violent game. There's no need to maliciously try to hurt somebody. ... "(Szczerba) barely missed him. Who knows what could have happened if he would connected? (Ingram) could have lost time. He could have been looking at a broken eye socket or a concussion. No need for that." Told of Szczerba's comments, Bigby said he's "glad he 'fessed up, but it was a good thing he did that. It made practice not a get-through, make-it-through. It made it, 'Let's go out there and kick some (expletive). Let's having fun beating up on them, regardless of who the outfit is.' " Inside linebacker Donald Butler agreed. "I almost feel like we took it as 'us against them,'" Butler said. "And it always was that way, but practicing against them for a second time, I think it was more like, 'Man, we got another practice. Let's just kind of get through this.'