Cowboys cancel Tuesday's practice due to medical emergency involving strength and conditioning coach


The Dallas Cowboys will not practice Tuesday after one of the team's coaches was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul experienced a medical emergency, according to a release from the Cowboys. Paul was treated by Cowboys medical personnel and transported to a local hospital by ambulance. Frisco emergency crews transported him, police officials confirmed. The incident was not related to COVID-19, according to the information provided by the team. Paul is currently in the process of undergoing further medical tests, according to his family.

The Dallas Cowboys players and staff attended a prescheduled 8:05 a.m. team meeting this morning and were told by head coach Mike McCarthy that Tuesday's practice would be canceled. McCarthy did not hold his press conference Tuesday morning. Players are not scheduled to speak with reporters either. The announcement was made minutes after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wrapped up his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan. "We've had no positive [COVID-19] tests this week," Jones asserted on Tuesday morning. The Minnesota Vikings placed wide receiver Adam Thielen on the reserve COVID-19 list on Monday, less than 24 hours after he played 89% of the team's offensive snaps vs. the Cowboys.

The Vikings have not clarified if Thielen tested positive or was placed on the list due to potential exposure. Thielen totaled eight catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's, 31-28, loss to the Cowboys. "We are in most heightened protocol, as we speak, as we’ve been in all season," Jones said. Dallas is a short week with the Washington Football Team coming to town for the Cowboys' annual Thanksgiving Day game Thursday.

Kickoff from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is set for at 3:30 p.m. CT.

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