Injured Dallas employees sue after facility collapse

Two Dallas Cowboys employees seriously injured in the collapse of the team’s indoor practice facility filed lawsuits Tuesday against the company that designed the structure and others linked to its construction and repair.

Scouting assistant Rich Behm and special-teams coach Joe DeCamillis filed lawsuits against Summit Structures LLC and others involved in building and repairing the steel and fabric facility. The 88,000-square-foot structure collapsed in a wind storm May 2 while a practice for recently drafted players was being conducted inside.

Behm, who was paralyzed from the waist down, and DeCamillis, who suffered a broken vertebrae, seek unspecified damages in the suits, which contain similar language but were filed in separate Dallas courts.

The tentlike facility did not meet applicable codes for wind loading resistance even after Summit, based in Allentown, Pa., and a Las Vegas engineering firm, JCI Holding LLC, represented to the Cowboys that design defects had been corrected, according to the suits.

The complaints contend that the actions of Summit; a related company, Cover-All Building Systems of Saskatoon, Canada; and JCI constitute gross negligence. The suits also claim the companies engaged in a civil conspiracy by agreeing to hide and conceal the facility’s shortcomings.

Vick slated to play

Michael Vick will make his Eagles debut in a preseason game in Philadelphia against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn’t played in an NFL game since Dec. 31, 2006, with the Atlanta Falcons – against the Eagles on the same field.

Vick was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting operation. He signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Eagles, who hold a $5.2 million option for a second season.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb and the rest of the starters are slated to go three quarters.

Extra points

New York Giants starting cornerback Aaron Ross re-injured his left hamstring and was taken from the practice field on a golf cart. … Buffalo’s Terrell Owens has been ruled out of the game at Pittsburgh because the receiver is still nursing a sprained toe. Running back Fred Jackson, the team’s starter while Marshawn Lynch serves a three-game suspension, aggravated a left- thumb injury in practice. … The anticipated four-game suspension without pay of Saints placekicker Garrett Hartley is official. Hartley tested positive for the banned stimulant Adderall, which he said he used to stay awake while driving from Dallas to New Orleans for an offseason workout. … The New England Patriots traded versatile offensive lineman Russ Hochstein to the Denver Broncos for a 2010 seventh-round draft pick. … The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed tight end Ernest Wilford, a fourth-round draft pick by the Jaguars in 2004 who left to signed a lucrative deal with Miami. The Dolphins, who gave him $6 million guaranteed, terminated his contract Monday. … Former Miami Dolphins defensive lineman T.J. Turner (1986-92) has died of complications from a stroke in a Bryan, Texas, hospital. He was 46.