The Cowboys gathered as a team Thursday to live video stream the memorial service of Markus Paul, their strength and conditioning coordinator who collapsed at the team facility last week and passed away. He was 54.

The celebration of life was held in The Colony at North Colony Church of Christ.

Following a viewing, Cowboys chaplain Jonathan Evans and former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston, a college football teammate of Paul’s at Syracuse, were among the speakers.

“First and foremost, sending out prayers to Markus’ family and his wife for something that happened right before our eyes,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. “A great life taken away from us. It’s a tragedy. Ain’t no other way to put it. And just to be at the memorial (virtually), be with the teammates, be surrounded with each other and understand that we have to live each and every day like our last and understand that ain’t nothing promised to us. Be able to cherish each and every moment.

“I feel like, looking back on Markus’ career here and being able to make a friendship with him, that’s how he lived each and every day. So I just want to say I love you Markus. You will always be in my heart, and I ain’t got nothing but love and respect for you.”

Briefly: The Cowboys did not practice Thursday, but they released an estimated participation report. Defensive end Aldon Smith (illness), guard/tackle Zack Martin (calf), left tackle Cam Erving (knee), cornerback Anthony Brown (ribs) and safety Steven Parker (ankle) would not have participated. … In past seasons, cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and wide receiver Amari Cooper often played chess in the locker room. Social distancing complicated that pastime. “We started playing online, so we’re good,” Awuzie said.


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) walk to the locker room after the first half against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, October 11, 2020.

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