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Cowboys’ Trysten Hill will not be suspended for punching Raiders’ John Simpson

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 20: Trysten Hill #97 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)|LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 14: Guard John Simpson #76 of the Las Vegas Raiders walks off the field the team's 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys and the Las Vegas Raiders battled it out on Thanksgiving day, 2021. The Raiders defeated the Cowboys 36-33 with a Daniel Carlson field goal. Despite the game lasting nearly four real-time hours, there was still unfinished business for some of the players. The Cowboys’ Trysten Hill punched Raiders’ John Simpson as the teams shook hands after the game. Now, Hill is staring at a potential fine for his actions.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport was the first to break the news Friday morning. Some of it was good for Hill because the league won’t suspend him for the postgame altercation. However, a fine from the NFL is undoubtedly far from out of the question for the Cowboys’ Trysten Hill. Although, it’s unclear whether or not the organization itself will discipline Hill. Dallas’ Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn discussed Hill’s acts in an interview after the game.

“He will be getting a call from me, that’s for sure. Just making sure we keep our discipline right. It takes a lot of discipline to unclench our fist sometimes more than clench it.”

Dan Quinn

The Raiders were in control for most of the game Thursday afternoon. However, a scorching hot Dak Prescott and a kickoff return TD kept them in the game. Unfortunately, the Cowboys’ defense surrendered 36 points to the recently-struggling Raiders, including 14 in the first quarter. Las Vegas was averaging just 2.8 first-quarter points per game coming into week 12.

Another critical factor in the game’s outcome was the number of penalties in the game. The officials served up 14 penalties to each team, combining for 28 total. Despite being rewarded more yards than the Raiders (166 vs. 110), the Cowboys’ flags proved more costly. Specifically, Cowboys DB Anthony Brown had four separate Defensive Pass Interference penalties. Most importantly, a DPI call on Brown led to the Raiders game-winning field goal in overtime.

The Cowboys fall to 7-4 on the year but still have a multi-game lead on the NFC East. In comparison, the Raiders get a much-needed win to move to 6-5 and stay well within the AFC playoff mix. The Cowboys will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in a second-straight Thursday game for each team. Las Vegas, though, will go back home to take on the Washington Football Team next Sunday.

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