Sims respects that Dunbar reacted to being slung to the ground by going after a linebacker with a 40-pound weight advantage.
“It’s like two males in the wild, you know?” Sims said. “If a male comes strike at you, you’re going to strike back. We’re playing football. It’s a physical sport. I look at is as animals in the wild. It’s domination. That’s how I look at it.”
These types of things tend to happen two weeks into training camp. In fact, it’s fairly remarkable that it took two weeks for tempers to flare.
“It’s training camp,” said Sims, who is trying to make the team as a versatile veteran reserve linebacker and special teams player. “That’s the reason why I asked my wife to come out here, so I can at least see my wife, so I don’t have to see these men all the time. Bumping up and pushing men all the time, you get tired of it after a while. Running, people yelling at you, it’s just the way it is. You just come out here and compete.
“That’s what I’m trying to do – come out here and compete. I’m trying to earn my position on this team. I’m trying to get a starting job. I’m trying to do everything. But first and foremost, I’m trying to take care of my family. That’s what I have to do.”
Sims, the ninth overall pick in the 2006 draft, is well aware that he has to fight and scratch just to stay in the league at this point of his career. That was made clear when he was unemployed for the first six weeks of last season, signing with the Cowboys after injuries decimated the Dallas linebacker corps.
While the coaches don’t encourage fights during practices, Jason Garrett admires Sims’ last-chance attitude.
“He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder,” Garrett said, “and that’s a good thing.”