Phillips' son to fill in as Dallas' special teams coach


LANDOVER, Md. - Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, who missed Sunday's game after an emergency appendectomy, could return to work in a matter of days, a source who had been with the coach said.

DeCamillis reported stomach pains early Sunday afternoon, as players and coaches rested for the night's game against the Washington Redskins. He was rushed to an Arlington, Va. area hospital, where doctors removed his appendix.

The source said DeCamillis watched the 17-0 win over the Redskins from his hospital room, and was able to walk Sunday night. He is expected to return home Monday afternoon, and has been advised he can pick up desk work in three days, the source said.

Given DeCamillis' recent history, a quicker comeback wouldn't be too surprising. After suffering a broken neck in the collapse of the team's practice facility on May 2, the 22-year NFL assistant returned to limited on-field duties just over a month later, conducting his unit's portion of summer practices while wearing a restrictive brace.


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