"There was actually one day when I think Joe (Randle) got into it, I got into it, and Kye (Staley) got into it with somebody," Smith said. "I don't know; that whole day was just crazy. Anything can happen."
Fights aren't personal. They're just part of the football culture that leads to the season opener.
"It happens at every level," Smith said. "I think it's so much male testosterone running around. I don't think it's pressure because this is what we do."
This will be offensive lineman Jonathan Rush's sixth home opener for the Cowboys, his third starting the game. He's witnessed more scuffles and two-a-days than anyone else on the roster.
"Team wise, it kind of feels the same, ever since I was a little kid," Rush said. "The weather starts changing, but it's still hot. Then you go out there and play. But personally this season, it is different because I feel like I do need to take more of a leadership role. I've been here the longest."
For Rush and Smith, the anxiety leading up to game day is mutual. But after a long summer, the opener is less than 48 hours away.
"I'm ready," Smith said. "We're out there in practice, out there shouting, ‘Come on! Come on!' We're just so ready."