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January 24, 1985

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ New York Giants offensive lineman Kevin Belcher was in serious condition in Hamot Medical Center here after a two-hour operation in which his jaw was wired and cuts were stitched, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

″He’s had his jaw wired and he can’t talk,″ said nursing supervisor Barbara Catlin. ″But he can nod his head and he’s understanding what’s being said to him.″

She said all patients are rated at least in serious condition within 24 hours of surgery.

The 23-year-old Detroit native suffered a broken jaw, ribs and hip in a traffic accident along Interstate 80 near the central Pennsylvania community of Brookville Wednesday. He was transferred to Erie by aircraft around noon after being treated at Brookville Hospital.

Belcher’s car apparently collided with a tractor-trailer around 6 a.m., said hospital spokeswoman Mary Rotunda.

State police reported a rash of accidents on the snow-covered roadway, but had no details immediately available about Belcher’s accident.

A spokeswoman for the National Football League team said Belcher’s mother informed Giants officials of the accident.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman, who played at the University of Texas-El Paso, recently completed his second season with the Giants.