Cowboy's Roof Collapses
Irving, TX - Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was among at least five people injured Saturday when the roof of the team's indoor practice facility collapsed in a storm during a rookie minicamp.
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said four team support staff members were injured and all players and coaches were accounted for. He didn't know the extent of the injuries to the four, who he said were hospitalized.
Witnesses said lights started flickering and shaking minutes before the collapse, prompting players, coaches, staff members and reporters to vacate the building. Several people were trying to exit the facility when the roof collapsed.
``I saw it coming down and didn't have time to react,'' secondary coach Dave Campo said. ``I hit the ground and was able to get back up.''
ional Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris in Fort Worth. Power was out at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters.
DeCamillis was seen putting on a neck brace and being taken out of the team's main office building on a stretcher. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in a TV interview from the Kentucky Derby, said 27 rookies were going through the workout.
``We're lucky no one got electrocuted with all the water in the building,'' head coach Wade Phillips said. ``A couple of players had minor injuries, but they were all right.''
The roof is a large air-supported canopy with aluminum frames covering a regulation 100-yard football field. The team was going through the second of three days of workouts for rookie draft picks and free agents.
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Posted: 5/2/09 8:25PM ET