According to one Cowboys player, the team held a meeting Tuesday morning at their Valley Ranch facility, where players were briefed about the condition of coaches, staff members and the short-term plans following Saturday’s indoor practice facility collapse that left several people injured.
A severe storm with extreme winds — and possibly a tornado — could have led to the collapse of the indoor facility, where a rookie minicamp was being held.
The player said at least one coach in attendance wore a bandage across his leg but showed no other signs of injury. Scout Rich Behm was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after having his spine severed while trying to escape from the falling structure. Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is recovering from back surgery after having vertebrae fractured by falling debris.
Most of the players at the meeting were there for offseason workouts, which have been disrupted by the aftermath of the incident. Debris is scattered over most of the practice fields, and nothing can be touched because of the investigation being conducted to find out why the structure collapsed, the player said.
Players are doing their running and conditioning exercises at a nearby tennis court for the time being. There has been preliminary discussion of busing players to a nearby high school for conditioning drills if the debris has to be left intact for weeks on the practice fields per the investigation, the player said coaches told the team.
The main facility, which contains locker rooms, team offices, meeting rooms and the weight room, wasn’t damaged, and players resumed weight training Tuesday.
— Steve Wyche