Dallas Cowboys cancel practice due to non-COVID-19 medical emergency involving staff member

The Dallas Cowboys canceled practice Tuesday morning due to a medical emergency.

The cancellation resulted from a “non-COVID related medical emergency involving a staff member,” a team spokesman said in a statement.

An emergency medical team was dispatched to the Star at 7:30 a.m. central time, a Frisco police spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The emergency was not of criminal nature nor was foul play suspected. The Cowboys staff member was transported to the hospital.

The Cowboys already faced a short game-preparation week between a Sunday contest at Minnesota and Thanksgiving game hosting the Washington Football Team. The team had a walkthrough practice Monday and planned to practice in helmets Tuesday for “an hour, an hour 35 minutes,” McCarthy said Monday night.

In addition to cancelling 11:30 a.m. practice, the Cowboys also canceled head coach Mike McCarthy’s 10:30 a.m. press conference and 1 p.m. scheduled interviews with players.

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Dallas Cowboys players huddle on the field before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn, AP)

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still appeared for his 9:30 a.m. ET scheduled radio interview, signing off with a note about how fun the visit was as he spoke brightly about the 3-7 Cowboys’ win over the Vikings. Jones also confirmed that no member of the organization had tested positive for COVID-19 this week despite Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, whom Dallas faced Sunday, landing on the virus reserve list.

Less than 10 minutes after Jones’ appearance, the team announced the emergency and resulting schedule changes.

The team said additional information would be provided at an appropriate time.

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