The Dallas Cowboys are operating on a short week this week as they will host the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving Day, but on Tuesday morning they announced that they would be cancelling their Tuesday practice and all media availabilities for Mike McCarthy and the players.
It was reported that cancellations were due to a non-COVID medical emergency regarding a Dallas Cowboys staff member. The situation was obviously a very serious one, and we have since learned that the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Markus Paul, had a medical emergency.
The #Cowboys have released a statement on strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul. pic.twitter.com/8y8JwAkEC7— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 24, 2020
Markus Paul has over two decades of time in the NFL. Strength and conditioning is obviously a huge part of daily life in the league and players become quite close to those that are working with them in that capacity. The mothership has his full résumé and you can see that he has been around the National Football League for a long time.
Paul, now in his 21st season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, spent the previous 11 years in that capacity with the N.Y. Giants. Paul worked with current Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator, Mike Woicik, on two occasions - 1998-99 in New Orleans and 2000-04 with New England.
Our best wishes and prayers go out to Markus Paul, his family and friends.