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Lions’ Gibson To Undergo Rehab

August 9, 1999

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. (AP) _ Offensive lineman Aaron Gibson, Detroit’s first-round draft pick, will undergo several weeks of rehabilitation on his injured shoulder, the team announced Monday.

Gibson, the 370-plus-pounder from Wisconsin, met with Dr. James Andrews, an Alabama-based orthopedist, on Monday morning and Andrews recommended rehabilitation, team spokesman Steve Reaven said.

The team feared Gibson, the 27th overall pick, would require surgery.

When the period of rehabilitation ends, Gibson will return to meet with Andrews, Reaven said. At that time, he could be fitted with a harness that would allow him to play with the injured left shoulder.

The injury has hampered Gibson since mini-camp. The Lions say the injury occurred before he was drafted and was not detected in pre-draft medical examinations.

The Lions have refused to say how much Gibson weighs, but coach Bobby Ross made it known he was disappointed by how much he weighed at the beginning of camp. Gibson, 6-foot-4, was supposed to report to camp at 373 pounds. He weighed as much as 425 pounds early in his college career.

Ross said Gibson could make a good right tackle, but might also use him at guard.

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