DALLAS - A player who was in the Cowboys' indoor practice facility when it collapsed last year says the accident caused a career-ending injury and he wants unspecified damages from the builder and companies operated by team owner Jerry Jones.
Tight end Jamar Hunt, on Dallas' roster as a rookie free agent last spring, said in a court filing that he suffered "serious, disabling and permanent injuries" when the tentlike structure fell May2, 2009. Hunt was cut before training camp and has not caught on with another team.
His attorney, Michael Guajardo, said the player suffered a herniated disc in his neck when a steel support landed on him. He said Hunt, also a deep snapper, faces a "double-edged sword" because he can't be cleared to play without surgery, but the surgery will brand him as a damaged commodity to NFL teams.
Hunt, who played at Texas-El Paso, was among 27 players participating in a rookie minicamp at the 88,000-square-foot facility when it crumpled in a wind storm. An inquiry by the National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded that the facility fell in winds of 55 mph to 65 mph - far less than the 90 mph specified by engineering standards.
CORYELL SERVICE: An emotional John Madden said at a memorial service for Don Coryell that something was missing - the late coach isn't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"You know, I'm sitting down there in front, and next to me is Joe Gibbs, and next to him is Dan Fouts, and the three of us are in the Hall of Fame because of Don Coryell," Madden said at the service in San Diego.
Mr. Coryell died July 1 at age 85. He was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in February.
OBITUARY: Milt Morin, a two-time Pro Bowl tight end with the Browns in the late 1960s and early '70s, died Friday in Northampton, Mass. He was 67. The former star at Massachusetts is being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this week.
LIONS: Former 49ers backup quarterback Shaun Hill, acquired in a trade in March, agreed to terms on a two-year deal.
ROOKIE SIGNINGS: The Packers signed tight end Andrew Quarless, a fifth-round pick in April's draft. ... The Raiders have signed cornerback Walter McFadden, a fifth-round selection.