Pats Pro Bowl LB Bruschi hospitalized; stroke reported
Feb. 16, 2005
SportsLine.com wire reports
BOSTON -- New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Wednesday after complaining of headaches, while some reports indicate he might have suffered a minor stroke.
"He is in good condition and will be held for further evaluations," the team said in a statement. "The Bruschi family appreciates everyone's concern, but requests that you respect their privacy at this time."
Bruschi was to spend the night at the hospital and more tests were scheduled for Thursday morning, team spokesman Stacey James said.
A spokeswoman for Massachusetts General Hospital would neither confirm nor deny that Bruschi had been admitted and referred all questions to the Patriots.
According to the Boston Herald, several sources said the player had been rushed to the Boston hospital by ambulance from his home in North Attleboro and might have suffered a stroke. One source told the paper that Bruschi had suffered a stroke, but it appeared to be minor since he was being treated at the Phillips House rather than in a critical care unit.
One source told the Herald that Bruschi lost some vision in one eye, but the sight was returning. A team official said he was up "walking and talking."
WBZ-TV in Boston reported Bruschi also suffered partial paralysis.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was attending the men's college basketball game between Boston College and Rutgers on Wednesday night, declined comment.
Bruschi, a 6-foot-1, 247-pound nine-year NFL veteran, is a key member of New England's defense that has helped the team win three of the past four Super Bowls, including a 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 6.
Bruschi, selected in the third round of the 1996 draft out of Arizona, was second on the team in tackles during the regular season with 122, behind only safety Rodney Harrison with 138. He also had 3½ sacks and three interceptions during the regular season.
He had two fumble recoveries in the team's 20-3 divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts, and an interception in the Super Bowl.
He has 753 tackles, 25 sacks and 11 interceptions in his career.
He also played in last weekend's Pro Bowl in Hawaii for the first time.