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American Football: Packers offensive coordinator undergoes angioplasty

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posted on Oct, 13 2004 @ 01:58 PM
Packers offensive coordinator Tom Rossley underwent emergency heart surgery to clear at least one blocked artery.

"He's fine, everything went well," Green Bay coach Mike Sherman said Wednesday. "He's at home right now, will probably come in tomorrow."

Rossley, 58, reported to work Tuesday, hours after the Packers' 48-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans, and said he hadn't been feeling well overnight, Sherman said. He went to a Green Bay hospital, where tests determined he needed an immediate angioplasty.

Sherman said Rossley wanted to report to work Wednesday, when the Packers installed their game plan for their trip to Detroit, but Sherman told him to stay home. Sherman said he wasn't sure whether Rossley would make the trip to Detroit.

"Right now, we're just going to wait to see what the doctor says and we'll see at the end of the week," he said.

Sherman, who announced Rossley's illness at the end of his weekly news conference, didn't say who would take Rossley's place at practice or who might call the plays on game day if Rossley didn't.

Two members of the Packers' personnel department have died in the last four months. Mark Hatley, vice president of football operations, died of a heart attack in July, and John "Red" Cochran, a scout and former NFL player and assistant coach, died of heart failure at 82 in September following hip replacement surgery.

Rossley has his work cut out for him when he does return. The Packers (1-4) haven't scored a rushing touchdown in a month and are alone in last place for the first time since 1988. His offense has turned the ball over an NFC-worst 14 times

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