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Cowboys wear helmet decals, hold moment of silence in honor of Markus Paul

The Cowboys took the field with heavy hearts this Thanksgiving Day in the aftermath of strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul's sudden passing Wednesday.

Paul was memorialized in a few different manners Thursday.

The Cowboys played with a decal on their helmets to honor their late coach during their loss to Washington. The team also held a moment of silence and a tribute video at AT&T Stadium.

The 54-year-old Paul experienced a medical emergency at the team's headquarters on Tuesday and was subsequently transported by ambulance to the hospital, where he passed away. He'd joined the Cowboys in February of 2018. The tragic event hits home for both teams, as Washington coach Ron Rivera was teammates with Paul for four seasons in Chicago.

Paul also briefly played for the Buccaneers, before beginning a lengthy coaching career that produced five Super Bowl titles and included stops with the Saints (1998-99), Patriots (2000-04), Jets (2005-06) and Giants (2007-18).

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