Behm talks about collapse, recovery

Updated: July 22, 2009, 2:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant Rich Behm, who was partially paralyzed in the collapse of the team's practice facility this spring, plans to walk again and is back at work, WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

"[I'm] still going to walk again," Behm said in his first public comments about the accident, according to the report. "It's no big deal. That's a goal, and so I'm sticking to that."

Behm was paralyzed from the waist down when the team's tent-like practice structure collapsed during a storm on May 2. Special-teams coach Joe DeCamillis and assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither were also injured during the collapse.

"I'm still trying to learn how to deal with what's happened to me right now in terms of getting on with my normal life," Behm said, according to the report. "I can't even drive a car."

Behm was back at work weeks after the accident and says he is getting physically stronger. While he is considering a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the building, his main focus is getting back to his regular job, he said, according to the report.

"I mean, going into the office and getting some work done, that's kind of what I'm ready to go back to do," Behm said, according to the report. "I'm ready to get out of the house. That's for sure."

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said Behm's return will inspire his team, the station reported.

"You know, the players can't say they are tired and can't get back when a guy like Rich shows all the heart he's shown," Phillips said, according to the report.

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