IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Wide receiver Patrick Crayton #84 of the Dallas Cowboys walks to the field before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Texas Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Since returning to Valley Ranch on Tuesday, the only real difference in the way Patrick Crayton interacts with the team is on the field, where he has been working out with the reserves rather than the starters.
In the locker room, he has been welcomed back with arms wide open by his teammates, professional football players who know very well that Crayton's current disagreement with the team, and all the ugliness that has surrounded it, is an unfortunate but inevitable part of the business.
Indeed, little has changed, and Crayton's teammates aren't exactly walking on eggshells around the five-year veteran. Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com mentioned in a post today that Roy Williams had some jocular smack-talk for Crayton in the locker room Wednesday, the surest sign that all is copacetic between the competing receivers.
When asked about Crayton's suggestion last month that there will be no real competition at the receiver position, Williams responded with his patented sense of humor, continuing to suggest that the 31-year-old Crayton had played under legendary head coach Tom Landry.
"I always compete with anybody on the team, especially Patrick," Williams said in response. "Because number one, I’m better than him. Two, I’m younger than him. Three, I beat him at everything we do--golf, PlayStation, all those things. So me and him compete in everything."