IRVING, Texas (AP) - A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant
sustained permanent paralysis from the waist down after his spine
was severed during the collapse of the team's tent-like practice
The team announced today that Rich Behm was in stable condition
at Parkland Hospital after surgery to stabilize a fracture to the
thoracic (thaw-RAS'-ik) spine.
The 33-year-old Behm was among a dozen people hurt in
yesterday's accident. He was one of three Cowboys staffers who
Forty-three-year-old Joe DeCamillis -- the team's special teams
coach -- sustained a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae
without paralysis. He was in stable condition and scheduled for
Assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither had surgery last night
to repair a fracture to the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He
is expected to be released from the hospital later this week.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones left the Kentucky Derby after the
accident occurred. He didn't stop to talk with media when he
arrived at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters. Cowboys spokesman
Rich Dalrymple says Jones spent, quote, "considerable time,"
visiting those in the hospital last night and today.