FRISCO - For everyone watching the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday's NFL Thanksgiving Day extravaganza, there was an added "entertainment value'' that was found beyond the game. … and now, because of it, Trysten Hill has been suspended two games.
In a game Dallas would lose, 36-33 in OT, the Cowboys trailed the Raiders coming out of halftime 17-13 and Las Vegas was forced to punt on its first possession.
During that punt play, Cowboys rookie Kelvin Joseph and Raiders third-year special-teams player Roderic Teamer were fighting through each other's blocks. That kick went out of bounds ending the play, but Joseph and Teamer continued after the whistle, beyond the out-of-bounds marker, beyond the sideline area, and almost right into the field-level luxury boxes.
Both players were ejected for the altercation.
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Viewers saw a very physical game on both sides of the ball for both teams, and the mood on the field was no doubt tense after 28 penalties were called between the two teams.
It was then, after the game when players were still on the field, CBS television cameras saw Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill and Raiders offensive lineman John Simpson exchange something other than holiday pleasantries.
The two were bumping chests until Hill knocked Simpson's helmet off with a punch. That launched a fight almost directly on top of the Star at midfield.
No one knows what started the late fight, but it's clear emotions were high during the game, and that carried over after the final whistle.
And now? Per NFL Network, Hill has been suspended by the league for the next two games without pay for his post-game punch.