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Cowboys practice canceled after strength coach experiences medical emergency

Markus Paul, 54. joined the Cowboys staff in 2018.
Markus Paul, 54. joined the Cowboys staff in 2018.(James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys)
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 11:58 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2020 at 1:35 PM CST
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The Dallas Cowboys canceled practice Tuesday over what the club said was a non-coronavirus medical emergency involving the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, 54.

“Paul was immediately treated by Cowboys medical personnel and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance,” the team said in a statement.

He was undergoing medical tests early Tuesday afternoon, the team said.

Paramedics responded at around 7:30 a.m. to The Star, the Dallas Morning News reported, and took Paul to a hospital.

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

“Further information is still forthcoming, but the circumstances speak to the severity of the situation. The Cowboys are working on a short week due to Thursday’s Thanksgiving kickoff against Washington, which means practice time is severely limited,” the team said in a tweet Tuesday morning.

Paul was a defensive back from 1984 to 1988 at Syracuse where he chalked up a school record 19 interceptions, SI.com reported.

He spent five seasons in the NFL, primarily with the Chicago Bears.

He joined the Cowboys staff in 2018.

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