Update on Cowboys practice facility collapse

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

remain hospitalized.

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

surgery tomorrow.

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.

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