Cowboys cancel practice after non-COVID related medical emergency

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Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday before practice with what the team is calling a non-coronavirus medical emergency.

Coach Mike McCarthy's daily meeting with reporters was canceled, as were interviews with players.

Players and staff met for a pre-scheduled meeting at around 8:05 a.m. where they were told by head coach Mike McCarthy that practice for the day would be canceled as a result of Paul's emergency.

The team says the incident occurred a little before 7:30 this morning and Paul received treatment from team medical personnel before being taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, she said the 54-year-old is on life support and the family is "praying for a miracle".

An update from the team Tuesday afternoon said that "per the Paul family, Markus is in the process of undergoing further medical tests".


The Cowboys will have only one practice before facing the Washington Football Team at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium.

Paul, a fourth-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1989 and played in five seasons for the Bears before finishing his playing career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Assistant strength and conditioning coaches Harold Nash Jr. and Kendall Smith led the team stretching before practice.

Dallas is coming off a huge victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. and is now looking to go on a win streak that could get it into the playoffs despite a 3-7 start.

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