Richmond Times-Dispatch

Cowboys’ strength coach hospitaliz­ed

Paul collapsed in his office; team cancels practice

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FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys canceled practice Tuesday because of a medical emergency involving head strength and conditioni­ng coach Markus Paul, who collapsed in his office at The Star in Frisco and was rushed to the hospital, according to sources.

His status is unknown at this time. The team said he was undergoing medical tests.

A Frisco police representa­tive said that paramedics responded to The Star at 7:30 a.m. Paul was immediatel­y tended to by Cowboys’ medical personnel and then transporte­d to a hospital by ambulance.

“The organizati­on extends its prayers and support to the Paul family, and asks for friends and followers of Markus, his family and the team to keep them in their thoughts and prayers,” a Cowboys statement said.

Paul, 54, who has been a coach for 22 years, has been with the Cowboys since 2018. This was his first year as the team’s strength and conditioni­ng coach. He was promoted to head the unit after Mike Woicik was not brought back when McCarthy took over as head coach in January.

Paul has five Super

Bowl rings as an assistant strength coach, three with the New England Patriots and two with the New York Giants.

Paul is a former NFL safety who played for the Chicago Bears (1989-93) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993).

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