Sharrif Floyd, the Cowboys assistant defensive line coach and defensive quality control coach, passed out on the sideline just as Micah Parsons was running a fumble recovery into the end zone.
Parsons had stripped the ball from running back Dalvin Cook, literally ripping the football from the running back’s arms at the Jets’ 37-yard line. As Parsons ran down the sideline toward the end zone, several players and coaches along the sideline started running toward the end zone, too, in celebration of Parsons’ great play (which, upon further review by the officiating crew, was spotted down at the 37-yard line.)
But Floyd ran only about five steps before falling flat on his back.
I was standing behind Floyd when it happened. Initially, I thought Floyd was celebrating Parsons’ big play because his arms were splayed out, like he was going to do a snow angel. But it was quickly apparent this was not the case because Floyd was out cold, and the paramedic on the sideline, as well as the Cowboys medical staff, were on-the-spot to help Floyd.
Within seconds, staff was checking on him. He passed out on the 21-yard line, in the wide white stripe along the sideline, which is generally the spot where the medical personnel (and sideline reporter) stand.
Floyd came to very quickly — within a few seconds — and was talking to the paramedic and doctors. He sat up and then was pulled to his feet. He then wallked to the blue medical tent behind the Cowboys bench.
Dr. Robert Fowler, who along with the UNC (unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant) conducts the cognitive evaluations on the Cowboys sideline, conducted an evaluation on Floyd inside the tent. They wanted to make sure Floyd did not suffer a concussion when his head hit the ground after he passed out. Floyd was alert and able to answer their questions, and then walked under his own power to the medical room located in the east tunnel, a separate on-site medical facility from the X-Ray room located up the west tunnel.
Out of an abundance of caution, Floyd visited an area hospital but was released Monday, a person with knowledge of the situation informed The Dallas Morning News’ David Moore. The plan is for Floyd to work from home and return to The Star in Frisco on Tuesday.
Cowboys assistant coach Sharrif Floyd has been released from the hospital & will work from home today. The plan is for him to return to The Star on Tuesday, a person w/ knowledge of his condition said.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) September 18, 2023
Floyd collapsed on the sidelines during Sunday’s victory. He fainted.
This is Floyd’s second stint with the Cowboys, but his first year as a full-time member of the staff. He interned with the Cowboys defense last year as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship before returning to University of Florida as an assistant coach.
If the “Floyd” and “Florida Gators” connection is ringing a bell for those of you who are big college football fans, that’s because, yes, this is the Sharrif Floyd who was the All-American defensive lineman for the Gators and was later drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Vikings.
Floyd’s Florida-Dallas connection: Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was Floyd’s position coach and defensive coordinator for two years with the Gators. This season in Dallas, Floyd took over the role of former Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett as assistant defensive line coach. Floyd works closely with Quinn, as well as defensive line coach Aden Durde.
Effects of Edoga injury: Chuma Edoga, who started at left guard for the second week in a row in the place of injured Tyler Smith (hamstring), left the game late in the second quarter with an injury to his right elbow. He was taken to the X-Ray room and was back on the sideline by the beginning of the third quarter with a heavy tape job over his elbow. But he did not return to action.
Rookie T.J. Bass took Edoga’s spot and played 42 of the offense’s 87 snaps. When All-Pro right guard Zack Martin left the game with a left ankle/lower leg injury with just over eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Bass slid from left guard to right guard and rookie Asim Richards took 5 snaps at left guard. Martin was hurt when Tony Pollard, on a long run up the middle, inadvertently clipped Martin.
But Martin wasn’t going to miss out on the fun at the end of the game. In the final offensive series, as the Cowboys knelt down for the final three plays to run out the clock, Martin was on the field for the “Landry Shift.” The homage to Tom Landry’s offensive linemen, which started several years ago when Bill Callahan was the offensive line coach, is especially cool now. That’s because current OL coach Mike Solari was Coach Landry’s assistant offensive line coach for two seasons (1987-88).
The Landry Shift is back in full effect.— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) September 17, 2023
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Right on target: Here’s a tremendous story that has flown under the radar – the return of nickel cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who played in his first game since suffering a severe foot injury last year in the Week 7 win over the Lions. The goal in this game was for Lewis to get 10 to 15 snaps as the backup to Daron Bland. Lewis finished the game with 10 snaps, so exactly on target.
Football or fútbol?: The weekly owner’s box interview on Cowboys Radio, which I do live with Jerry Jones from the sideline approximately 30 minutes before kickoff, is always a wild card when it comes to radio programming. You never know what celebrity or VIP guest Jerry will have alongside him. In this week’s episode, Jerry was joined by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who was kind enough to come on the air and talk about AT&T Stadium as a venue for World Cup 2026. It’s no secret the Cowboys are really hoping their home stadium will host the 2026 World Cup final, and if having the head of world soccer on the show wasn’t enough, just as we were wrapping up the interview, the co-owner of the New York Jets, Chris Johnson, walked up and joined the conversation. We talked, among other things, about the Jets as subjects of this year’s ‘Hard Knocks.’
Honoring Brandt: Cowboys players wore a special decal on their back of their helmets for this game to honor the late Gil Brandt, who passed away Aug. 31 at age 91. The decal was a blue star with white letters spelling “GIL” across the middle of the star. Both teams and the 93,689 fans in attendance also observed a moment of silence during pregame as another way of honoring Brandt.