The Dallas Cowboys have defended volatile defensive end, Greg Hardy, after he was involved in a row with his own players during the 27-20 defeat to the New York Giants.
Playing in his second game back from suspension, Hardy entered the special teams huddle late on and appeared to slap the clipboard of Rich Bisaccia, who then pushed Hardy away while they exchanged words.
Special teams coach Bisaccia told the Dallas Morning News: "He wanted to get in there and kind of get after some of the guys a little bit, maybe get them fired up.
"It was just not the right time. It's really not an issue. I just had to communicate what we were going to do next on the return, so I just really wanted him to move on so we could get going."
Cowboys safety Danny McCray revealed that Hardy berated some of his colleagues and even "pushed" him a little.
"Greg Hardy is such a passionate player. He's all over the place. He's in the defensive huddle, the offensive huddle, and today he made our special teams huddle. I was a little surprised he was in there," Hardy told the Associated Press.
"I didn't realize who it was. Then I realized it was Greg. He was showing his passion that we gave up the lead and we needed to fix it.
"It's football. Those guys love each other, and we'll get in the meetings tomorrow and talk it over. We'll see what the coach says about it. (Hardy) was just trying to get us fired up."
Many Cowboys players, including injured star receiver Dez Bryant, tried to calm Hardy down on the sideline and coach Jason Garrett was also supportive of the former Carolina Panthers star.
"I was standing right there," Garrett said. "To be a good football player and a good football team, you have to have passion and put it all out there. Sometimes in a game, things don't go well and you have a response. A pro football coach and a pro football team understand that those things happen. You want the guys with passion."