Cowboys Staffer Paralyzed by Tent Collapse
Two others require surgery after winds knocked over practice facility
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 4, 2009 1:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – A scouting assistant for the Dallas Cowboys is permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a practice canopy collapsed on him in strong winds over the weekend, reports the Dallas Morning News. His spine was severed in the accident, doctors said. The special teams coach and assistant athletic trainer also required surgery for their injuries, but both are stable without paralysis.

Scouting assistant Richard Behm  "is a courageous member of our family and someone for whom we care deeply," said a statement from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who extended "love, comfort, and the full support of every person and resource within the organization" to Behm and his family.