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Parcells undergoes procedure to again clear blocked artery

Published Oct. 10, 2005

Former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells has undergone a non-surgical procedure to unblock a clogged artery for the second time in two months, the New York Times reported Monday.

The procedure was performed last Thursday in Ridgewood, N.J.

The artery was the same one cleared in December, said Dr. Michael Kesselbrenner, the cardiologist who has done both angioplasty procedures.

"No matter what you do, one-quarter to one-third of these recur," he said.

He said about 80 percent of the artery was blocked with plaque, compared with 99 percent during the first angioplasty Dec.


"The results were excellent," he said. "He has a normal artery."

Parcells was unavailable for comment.

Parcells is talking to NBC Sports about becoming its No.

1 pro football analyst, replacing Bill Walsh, who left to coach Stanford. Parcells had talked with Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse about becoming Bucs coach in late December. Culverhouse hired Sam Wyche instead.

Bears' Thomas doing well

SAN DIEGO _ Chicago Bears tackle Stan Thomas was in good condition and expecting release from a hospital today after sustaining a head wound when someone fired several shots at his car.

"He's doing really well," said Thomas' agent, Michael Merkow, who added that he should be fully recovered in six weeks and ready to play by the time the season begins.

Police continued to search for a motive in the shooting, which occurred early Sunday after Thomas, 23, and two companions left a nightclub. The bullet grazed Thomas' forehead, causing an injury that never threatened his life.

One of Thomas' companions reportedly had quarreled with other patrons at the Pacific Beach bar shortly before the three left, police spokesman Dave Cohen said. The nature of the argument wasn't disclosed and police were unsure if it was related, Cohen said.

Soon after they left the bar, several shots were fired from a white Honda Accord stopped in the street in front of Thomas' new Mercedes, police said.

Witnesses told police the shots were fired from a white Honda with three white men, all about 21 years old, inside, Cohen said.

Merkow said Thomas had "no idea" what prompted the shooting. "He thinks it's absolutely not related to the club," Merkow said.

Cohen said the shooting might have been the result of a traffic quarrel: "We still don't know _ did somebody yell obscenities, did somebody cut somebody off?"

Cohen said the Honda had passed Thomas' car, then turned left. Thomas turned left onto that street behind the other car.

"About a block later, the other car stopped in the middle of the street," Cohen said. "Somebody was sitting on the window ledge with his body outside and his feet inside, looking back. According to Thomas, it looked like this fellow had a gun."

Around the league

Giants: Dick Rehbein was named tight ends coach. Rehbein had spent eight years with the Minnesota Vikings, the past three as assistant offensive coordinator and passing game coach. Rehbein replaces Mike Pope, who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Colts: Gene Huey was hired as running backs coach. Huey had spent the past four years as an assistant at Ohio State, including three seasons coaching receivers and one year coaching running backs.