Cowboys Cancel Practice For Non-COVID Medical Emergency

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It’s not often that a team cancels or moves practice because of anything but COVID-19, but that’s what the Dallas Cowboys did on Monday.

The team released a statement saying strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul experienced a “medical emergency” that was unrelated to COVID. Coach Mike McCarthy’s usual press conference and player availability were cancelled.

“Shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning, Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Markus Paul experienced a medical emergency,” the team said in a statement. “Paul was immediately treated by Cowboys medical personnel and transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

“As per the Paul family, Markus is in the process of undergoing further medical tests and additional information will be made available at the appropriate time.”

The Cowboys are scheduled to play rival Washington on Thanksgiving Day. Both teams are only 3-7, but that’s good enough to be just a half-game back of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

Paul has spent time in a similar capacity with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets and New York Giants. He has been with the Cowboys since 2018.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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