I'll be heading out to observe the Cowboys' first rookie minicamp practice a little later this morning. It will be held near the site where the team's indoor practice facility tragically collapsed at this time last year.
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com has a story about what things are like a year later for some folks who were profoundly affected by the collapse. Scouting assistant Rich Behm, who is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the collapse, has been back at work for months now. He played a key role in preparing for the draft and I'm sure he'll be watching practice today.
As Watkins writes, both Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who has broken vertebrae in his neck, have filed lawsuits against one of Jerry Jones' companies. Since they're still employed by Jones, you'd think that might cause some anxious moments.
"To their credit, there's sensitivity but no strain," Jones told Watkins. "There is no awkwardness there in terms of our relationships. We will have the issues that we are involved with, but those will be resolved. It certainly won't have a situation that creates any ongoing bad feelings."
There are no longer any signs of where the enormous, tent-like structure stood for several years in Irving, Texas. But for the folks who were inside that building May 2, 2009, the memories haven't faded.