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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000

Ex-49er QB Brodie in hospital after stroke, surgery

John Brodie, the second-leading passer in San Francisco 49ers history, was hospitalized near Palm Springs, Calif., after a stroke.

The 64-year-old Brodie on Tuesday morning was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, where a hospital official said he was "stable and improving" Wednesday.

"It was pretty touch and go," Kelly Stefanki, the oldest of Brodie's five children, said earlier Wednesday from her father's home in La Quinta. "We've got 48 hours to kind of see what's happening. He's very alert. He definitely knows what's going on right now. We're talking to him. He's talking, roughly, that's one of the things that affected him."

Brodie's five children traveled from out of town to be with their father, Stefanki said. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Chris Chandler joined his wife, Diane, to be with his father-in-law.

Falcons coach Dan Reeves said Chandler left him a message saying Brodie had four hours of surgery after it was discovered he had two arteries that were blocked -- one totally, and the other 99 percent.

Brodie played for a franchise-record 17 seasons, from 1957-73, after attending Stanford.

Brodie passed for 31,548 yards, second to Joe Montana on the San Francisco career list, and his 214 touchdown passes are the third-most in 49ers history.

BILLS: Tight end Jay Riemersma may play this weekend after missing five weeks with a strained left knee ligament.

BRONCOS: Practicing for the first time in a month, running back Terrell Davis rejoined his teammates at an almost two-hour workout that featured more contact than usual. Davis has a severely sprained left ankle and foot and has been inactive for three games.

CARDINALS: Players turned up the volume and the enthusiasm in their first practice under interim coach Dave McGinnis.

"I think Coach McGinnis has an infectious enthusiasm about him that really allows us to go out and play with a sense of liberty," cornerback Corey Chavous said. "It felt good out there today."

McGinnis, promoted from defensive coordinator after Vince Tobin was fired Monday, has vowed to instill some passion in a team that lost to Dallas 48-7.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Elvis Grbac took almost half the snaps in practice and expects to be ready for Sunday's game at Seattle, after injuring his right elbow last weekend.

COLTS: Rookie linebacker Rob Morris, a first-round draft pick, was put on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a ruptured quadriceps tendon.

COWBOYS: After getting six painkilling shots in his back, quarterback Troy Aikman went through his first practice.

DOLPHINS: Offensive lineman John Bock will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right arm during Monday night's 40-37 loss to the New York Jets.

FALCONS: Atlanta placed Jessie Tuggle on injured reserve because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, ending the Pro Bowl linebacker's season.

GIANTS: The middle section of the new grass field at Giants Stadium is being partially replaced for at least the third time this season. The field consists of trays of grass that can be replaced.

JAGUARS: Embarrassed by his behavior in Sunday's game, defensive end Tony Brackens called a meeting to apologize.

The Pro Bowl pass rusher was ejected from Sunday's loss to Washington for kicking Redskins guard Jay Leeuwenburg after exiting a pile after a fumble recovery.

JETS: Coach Al Groh took umbrage with a report claiming he called his team "a bunch of pathetic losers" during a halftime tirade on Monday night.

Groh admitted he was livid after a desultory first-half performance against Miami. The Jets fell behind 30-7, then staged one of the NFL's biggest rallies to win 40-37 in overtime.

Groh said he used language he would not repeat in public but never used the term "pathetic losers."

PANTHERS: The team cut running back Natrone Means and claimed rookie cornerback Reggie Howard off waivers from the Saints.

REDSKINS: With the team already fined $20,000 for cheerleading on the public-address system and facing further sanctions, president Steve Baldacci met with league officials to state the Redskins' case and get a rule clarification.

TITANS: Running back Eddie George tested his sore right knee by running lightly and is confident he'll play Monday.

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