A Week 5 game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys saw several players lose their cool. Giants rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney was even ejected for throwing a punch at Cowboys defensive back Damontae Kazee.
Toney has apologized for his punch in the days since the 44-20 loss, but it turns out there were other punches thrown.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports that Giants tight end Evan Engram was struck in the face by Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse following the game.
Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse punched Giants tight end Evan Engram in the face during handshakes on the field after the game was over, sources told the Daily News.
Engram confirmed to the News that he had been punched. He did not retaliate.
“I was pushing him around the whole game, so he was probably just mad about that,” Engram told the News on Wednesday. “It’s whatever.”
Engram said he didn’t punch back because Kearse had thrown “a little baby punch.” Plus, he didn’t want to get fined.
“There’s this thing the NFL does, they send out letters and they forcefully take money from you for acting up,” Engram said, tongue in cheek. “So I don’t need any of that. It was a little baby punch anyway. It was soft. So I definitely want to keep my money in my pocket. I’m good.”
The Daily News says FOX deferred to the NFL for video and the NFL referred them to NFL Films. NFL claims there is no video of this incident and a spokesman for the Cowboys did not offer a comment.
The Giants and Cowboys next play on Sunday, December 19.