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Cowboys strength coach rushed to hospital (0:50)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul was rushed to a hospital Tuesday morning after experiencing a medical emergency, the team announced. Paul, 54, is in the process of undergoing further tests and additional information will be made available at the appropriate time, the family told the team. “The organization extends its prayers and support to the Paul family, and asks for friends and followers of Markus, his family and the team to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.”

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Cowboys strength coach Paul rushed to hospital

Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, who was rushed to a hospital after a medical emergency Tuesday, is undergoing further tests, his family told the team.

Stephen A. makes tough admission about Cowboys (2:24)
Who will win the NFC East? (2:27)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have cancelled practice Tuesday because of “a non-COVID related medical emergency involving a staff member.” Players were supposed to have a shorter practice today in preparation for Thursday's game against Washington Football Team.

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McCarthy's Gallagher routine a smashing success

Mike McCarthy traveled to Minneapolis with a sledgehammer and watermelons from the Dallas area, then hammered home a point to his players the night before their win against the Vikings by smashing them like comic Gallagher famously does.

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The Cowboys held a walkthrough-type practice Monday with the quick turnaround for Thursday's game against the Washington Football Team. Cornerback Anthony Brown (ribs) did not practice and could miss the game. Tight end Blake Bell (back) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (back) were limited. Running back Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring), tackle Brandon Knight (knee) and linebacker Joe Thomas (wrist) would have been full participants.

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Remaining strength of schedule rank for NFC East teams, according to FPI: Eagles: 5 Washington: 11 Giants: 22 Cowboys: 26 Despite that, FPI does still consider the Eagles the division favorite at 44%, both because it thinks they are the best of the four teams and because of their half-game lead in the standings.

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CeeDee Lamb wasn't sure if his twisting, turning TD catch ranked No. 1 or 2 in the catches he has made in his life. He had one at Oklahoma he might have liked better, but he almost didn't make Sunday's. “Honestly, in that position it was very hard to see. The lights in the stadium made it a lot difficult. I ran my route, Andy gave me a great opportunity a great ball to make the opportunity to make the catch … You know at the end of the day you've got to win you individual battles and I did.”

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Mike McCarthy called Donovan Wilson, “a stud,” after the safety forced two fumbles, recovered one, had nine tackles and had a half sack. He became the first Cowboys defender with multiple forced fumbles in a game since 2016. “I feel like it's just practice habits,” Wilson said. “Every day at practice I'm punching, swinging, trying to get whatever ball I can out. I think that just carried over to the game.”

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Zack Martin knew Monday he would start at right tackle for the first time in his career, which helped him study the Minnesota defense. What didn't help was a calf injury that limited his practice work, but Martin took to the spot quite well even if he only felt, “OK.” Ezekiel Elliott was more effusive. “He could probably play any position on the O-line and be dominant,” he said. “That's rare, and a lot of those runs today were behind Zack. We know he's the strength of our offense.”

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Ezekiel Elliott ran for just 47 yards when he saw Minnesota last season. He had 103 yards on 21 carries and a receiving touchdown Sunday. It was the first 100-yard game he had on a season that he has admitted has been tough but not because of any outside news. “I don't really pay attention to what other people are saying,” he said. “All I worry about is being the player I need to be for this team and we went out there and we got a dub.”

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Dallas' McCarthy: Win 'needs to mean something'

Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz with just under 2 minutes remaining Sunday to lift the Cowboys past the Vikings and into the NFC East chase.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys are actually in the NFC East race with their 31-28 win against Minnesota. No team in the division has more than three wins and by the time the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants play again, the Cowboys could have more wins than anybody in the division should they beat the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving. “I can't remember the last time we won our last game,” Ezekiel Elliott said. It was Oct. 11.

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The Cowboys have three touchdowns so far with their 24-21 lead on Minnesota. They had scored two touchdowns in the four starts since Dak Prescott's last start, a total of 43 possessions. They last scored three touchdowns in the same game in their Oct. 11 win against the New York Giants in which Prescott was hurt.

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With his 14-yard reception in the second quarter, Amari Cooper has more catches on the road this season than he had all of last year. He has four catches for 61 yards in the first half. Cooper now has 31 receptions for 313 yards in five road games He had 27 receptions for 320 yards in seven games last season. His best road season came in 2016 with 41 catches for 545 yards with the Raiders.

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The Cowboys held the lead for 7 minutes, 15 seconds before Dalvin Cook's touchdown and Dan Bailey's extra point. They had the opportunity to force a field goal try with Minnesota facing a second and 22 and a third and 10 but couldn't get a stop. Minnesota converted three third-down chances and were helped by a defensive penalty by Chidobe Awuzie.

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Cowboys inactives: QB Ben DiNucci, WR Malik Turner, S Reggie Robinson, DE Bradlee Anae, LB Justin March, T Greg Senat, DE Ron'Dell Carter.

Team Stats

Passing Yards276.17th
Rushing Yards117.013th
Points For23.520th
Points Against31.81st