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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Michael Irvin ends sparring match with Roy

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

In case you missed it, Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin spent part of last week throwing verbal jabs at wide receiver Roy Williams on the NFL Network. He suggested the Cowboys were having to play "10 vs. 11" because of Williams' presence in the starting lineup. And when Williams said he planned to use those comments as motivation, Irvin shot back, "My criticisms shouldn't inspire him. Looking at his hands with no rings should inspire him."

ESPNDallas.com's intrepid beat man Calvin Watkins tracked down Irvin and asked if he liked how Williams played against the Redskins.

"I did. I really did," Irvin said. "To me I didn’t want to get into all that with Roy. I have a job to do, it's what I do. What I said wasn’t anything against Roy, but I was just talking to another option."

So I'm glad we got that cleared up. Irvin was not speaking out against Williams when he said the Cowboys were playing "10 vs. 11" because of Williams' presence on the field. This may be one of the first times I've heard someone claim he took himself out of context.

Now let's return to your regularly scheduled Alex Barron bashing.