FRISCO, Texas – Markus Paul, strength and conditioning coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, was rushed to a local hospital early Tuesday morning following a medical emergency, the team said.
Paul, 54, is undergoing further medical tests and additional information will be provided in due course, the family told the organization.
“The organization extends its prayers and support to the Paul family and asks friends and followers of Markus, his family, and the team to keep them in their thoughts and prayers,” the cowboys said in a statement.
Just before 7:30 a.m., Paul was treated by Cowboys medical staff and taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Coach Mike McCarthy told the players and staff about Paul’s situation at an already scheduled team meeting at 8:05 a.m. and training would be canceled. The cowboys sent out a press release just before 10 a.m. saying there was “a non-COVID-related medical emergency involving an employee”.
In preparation for Thursday’s game against Washington Football Team, players should have a shorter training session on Tuesday and an hour-long training session on Wednesday. They held a short tour on Monday.
Paul joined the Cowboys in 2018 as an assistant to Mike Woicik and was appointed strength and conditioning coordinator when McCarthy arrived as a trainer. Paul played five years as a defensive player in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1989 to 1993, after spending four seasons in Syracuse, where he was twice All-American.
He joined the New Orleans Saints in 1998 in the coaching ranks and spent five seasons with the New England Patriots under Woicik from 2000 to 2004. In 2005 and 2006, Paul was director of physical development and head strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets.
He spent 11 seasons with the New York Giants as an assistant strength coach before moving to the Cowboys.