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New England Patriots’ backup wide receiver Derwin Williams

November 27, 1987

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ New England Patriots’ backup wide receiver Derwin Williams was in stable condition Friday after being hospitalized with acute abdominal pains, the NFL team said.

Williams, who hasn’t caught a pass in six games this season, will miss Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Foxboro, the Patriots added.

The three-year veteran went to Cardinal Cushing Hospital in Brockton after complaining of pain at about 3 a.m. Friday and was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent tests.

Williams, a seventh-round draft choice in 1984, spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. He played in all of the team’s 16 regular-season games in each of the last two seasons and caught nine passes in 1985 and two in 1986.

The club said Patriots’ coaches haven’t decided whether to add a fifth receiver for Sunday’s game or play with their four healthy ones - Stanley Morgan, Irving Fryar, Cedric Jones and Stephen Starring.

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