Report: DeCamillis doing better with rehabilitation

Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis is doing better in his recovery from a broken neck suffered in the collapse of the team’s indoor practice facility last May.

Coach Wade Phillips reported that DeCamillis should be ready for the beginning of OTA’s this spring after taking some time away from the club, according to Charean Williams of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. DeCamillis passed on going to the scouting combine last month in order to consult with treatment experts at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. He is now doing rehab in the Dallas area trying to get over the pain that has followed him since the injury.

"He’s doing all right," Phillips said, according to the report. "Pain management is really the theme. He’s been in pain. I’ve never had a player get shot up 22 games in a row for pain. I’ve never asked a player to do anything like that, but he did that. Hopefully, that’ll start going away, subside some and he’s doing some therapy to try to help that. It’s been a tough year for him."

"We have players that play with pain but not with injury," Phillips said. "I think he coached with injury. I think that was a very courageous thing he did."

DeCamillis’ work did not go overlooked. He was the fourth person in league history to receive the Special Courage award for last season. Unfortunately, scouting assistant Rich Behm, who was paralyzed from the waist down, did not receive such recognition. Eventually, some party or parties will be recognized for being negligent in the collapse of the structure that caused the injuries.

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