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Companies settle suits involving Cowboys

DALLAS — Companies controlled by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have paid out about $10 million to the two employees seriously injured in the 2009 collapse of the team's practice facility, the attorney for the pair said Monday.

Frank Branson said the payments to scout Rich Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis totaled about $5 million each. The payments settle suits the two brought against Cowboys Center and Blue Star Development; Cowboys Center owned the facility and the land.

Behm was paralyzed from the waist down and DeCamillis suffered a broken vertebrae when the building collapsed in a wind storm May 2, 2009. Both still work for the team, which wasn't sued. Branson disclosed that a previous settlement with the builder, Summit Structures, paid Behm $19.5 million and DeCamillis $4.5 million.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said the team had no comment.

Meanwhile, Dallas waived tight end Scott Sicko, who, when he went undrafted, initially said he was turning down the NFL to continue his education at New Hampshire.

STIR OVER SUH HIT: Browns coach Eric Mangini expects the league to review a play in Saturday's preseason game involving Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The rookie, drafted No. 2 overall in April, grabbed Jake Delhomme's facemask, twisted it, wrapped his arms around the quarterback's head and slammed him down. Suh drew a 15-yard penalty; league spokesman Gregg Aiello said in an e-mail the play was being reviewed. Suh's take? "It's not my job to worry if I hit a guy too hard. I was just going after the ball and trying to make a play."

FAVRE INJECTION: Brett Favre told Sports Illustrated that he received an injection of lubricant in his ankle after Saturday's game against Seattle. "Like a grease fitting," Favre said. He had surgery on the ankle in May.

BEARS: Linebacker Lance Briggs (sprained right ankle) will miss Thursday's preseason finale against Cleveland.

BENGALS: Receiver Maurice Purify was suspended for the regular-season opener because of his offseason arrest at a local night spot. The NFL fined him an additional game check.

BILLS: Running back Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to test his sore ankle in practice today to help determine his status for Thursday's preseason finale at Detroit.

BRONCOS: Running back Justin Fargas was released and cornerback Tony Carter, a former Florida State star, was placed on the waived/injured list. Teams must trim their rosters to 75 by today.

GIANTS: First-round draft pick Jason Pierre-Paul, a star at USF last season, returned to practice after sitting out with a groin injury.

JAGUARS: Coach Jack Del Rio denied rumors that Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew has had surgery on his balky left knee.

LIONS: Middle linebacker DeAndre Levy (groin) will miss Thursday's game against Buffalo.

RAIDERS: Quarterback Jason Campbell practiced for the first time since leaving Saturday's game against San Francisco with a stinger. He's uncertain for Thursday's game against Seattle.

REDSKINS: Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly reinjured his left hamstring in practice, which was his first action since his initial injury early in training camp.

SAINTS: Assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones was suspended 30 days without pay for his role in a real estate scam involving at least 40 people in Texas. He pleaded guilty in June.

TITANS: Cornerback Cortland Finnegan returned to practice after missing three weeks with an injured groin and hip flexor.

TRADE: The Redskins and Rams swapped 2010 draft picks in a pair of trades. Washington sent sixth-round selection Dennis Morris to St. Louis for a conditional, undisclosed draft pick. St. Louis sent fifth-round pick Hall Davis to Washington for a conditional, undisclosed pick.

Companies settle suits involving Cowboys 08/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:56am]
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