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FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe spent Thursday night at a local hospital after being taken by ambulance from training due to a heat-related illness and will not play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.
When the media spoke to Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper after training on Thursday, a Frisco ambulance made its way to the back entrance of The Star, and EMTs stepped in to help Nsekhe.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Nsekhe, who is in his first year with the team, has since been released from the hospital.
“Our medical staff thought it was best that he spent the evening in the hospital,” McCarthy said.
The scene concerned, in particular, what happened to the Cowboys last year when strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul collapsed in his weight room office and died two days later.
“I think whenever you have to deal with heat issues, it’s never comfortable,” McCarthy said. “I think when a person needs to have an IV, dehydration is an uncomfortable feeling. You have guys who may have been craving for the hot exercise that way, but it’s never a comfortable feeling.”
With Nsekhe out, Terence Steele will start with the right tackle against the Chargers and replace La’el Collins, who was suspended last week for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Brandon Knight acts as backup tackle.
Nsekhe’s illness continues a bad run for the Cowboys since the loss to the season opener for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In addition to Collins’ suspension, starting safety Damontae Kazee was added to the injury report with a thigh problem that limited his training time on Thursday. The second starting safety, Donovan Wilson, has not practiced this week due to a groin strain.
On Wednesday, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence got a broken foot in practice. He underwent surgery Thursday and was placed on injured reserve, but he is expected to return this season. The wide receiver Michael Gallup (calf) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week and defensive end Randy Gregory is currently on the reserve list / COVID-19 and is not expected to play against the Chargers.