Just more than a month ago, Samsung ran a couple of commercials featuring Josh Norman and Dez Bryant, in which the Redskins cornerback and Cowboys receiver poked fun at their on-field rivalry with one another.
But come Sunday, when Washington hosts Dallas in a pivotal NFC East matchup, don't look for the two stars to be buddy-buddy, throw their arms around each other's shoulder pads and share a laugh about their recent turns as actors (assuming that Norman is cleared to play, of course, which feels likely).
Jay Gruden, for one, doesn't expect the pair's relationship to change at all, regardless of how many ads they've participated in or the fact that Norman's been in the division for a season-plus now.
"It's the same rivalry," Gruden said Thursday. "It's a great rivalry. I think those two are very competitive guys and their personalities are probably similar. I don't know Dez, but they seem like they are very similar, very fiery type guys."
Jay's right on with that assessment of No. 24 and No. 88. Remember last Thanksgiving, when they had to be separated at midfield of AT&T stadium because they were arguing right in each other's faces?
Yep, "very fiery type guys" indeed.
Norman was also asked Thursday about the upcoming reunion with Bryant, and while he spoke with no animosity and even chuckled a few times when his commercial was brought up, he also admitted things will change come gametime.
"You never know what you get 'til Sunday gets here," he said. "I'm a totally different guy talking to you right now then I will be Sunday in between the white lines."
Norman's missed the last two Redskins games, but with his injured rib healing up, his distaste for sitting out becoming clearer by the minute and a chance to face Bryant right in front of him, it's hard to imagine he won't be dressed at FedEx Field at 4:25 p.m.
And if he is, many cameras will be pointed at him and the man he'll be tasked with covering. Luckily for them both, they're used to that already.