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Monday, September 29, 2008
Tank's between Rock and a hard place

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
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IRVING, Texas -- Just returned from Valley Ranch, where most Cowboys players remained in hiding following Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Redskins. Since I didn't have a chance to visit with defensive tackle Tank Johnson on Sunday, I asked about his postgame altercation with Redskins running back Rock Cartwright.

Johnson spotted Cartwright standing on the Cowboys star at midfield and gazing through the hole in the roof at Texas Stadium. He interpreted this to be a mocking gesture.

"You gotta be a man," Johnson said Monday. "Don't stand and disrespect our field. Don't disrespect our house. We have a lot more class than that. We'd never do that in their house. I thought it was classless. I know you weren't favored to beat us, but don't act like you just won a Super Bowl. It was just childish."

Cartwright admitted that he was talking trash after the game, but said he wasn't trying to disrespect the star. Could it be that the Redskins had the ball at midfield, and Cartwright was forced to line up on the star?

No matter what happened, it's embarrassing that Johnson was so focused on something that had absolutely nothing to do with the final outcome. He also said that the Redskins' offensive line didn't push the Cowboys around Sunday.

"It was more us than them," he said.

Huh? Guess I didn't see it that way.