DeCamillis speaks about accident

Updated: May 27, 2009, 12:11 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis suffered a broken neck when the team's practice facility collapsed earlier this month, but he said in a radio interview this week that his biggest fear was that he would suffocate under the tarp.

"The scariest part was the tarp was on top of us," DeCamillis said Monday in an interview with Atlanta radio station 790 the Zone. "So, you thought you were really going to suffocate. I knew my back was hurt, but you thought you were going to suffocate when you were sitting there because there was like six inches on the ground, and there was a big old tarp on top of you. That was really scary."

The interview was DeCamillis' first public comments since the accident.

DeCamillis was injured when the tent-like structure fell apart during a storm May 2. Eleven others were hospitalized, including scouting assistant Rich Behm, whose spine was severed. The 33-year-old father of three is paralyzed from the waist down.

The debris also ruined the team's two outdoor fields, forcing them to use a nearby high school stadium for the next few months.

Wearing a neck brace and shouting into a bullhorn, the DeCamillis was back on the practice field last Tuesday -- only 15 days following surgery to repair broken vertebrae from the collapse.

"I can still kind of see something falling on me, but I'm not sure if it was a beam. I couldn't tell what drilled me into the ground," he said in the interview.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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