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Jets’ Williams’ Condition Improves

October 21, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Jets defensive back Kevin Williams, hospitalized with a mysterious throat ailment, could be taken off a respirator by the end of the week.

Jets coach Bill Parcells, who said doctors are ``cautiously optimistic″ about Williams’ condition, said the player improved on Thursday. But Williams still is heavily sedated.

The second-year cornerback was hospitalized when the Jets returned from a game in Denver on Oct. 3. His condition steadily worsened, and earlier this week, he was placed on the reserve, non-football injury list, causing a stir because the Jets aren’t obligated to pay Williams for the rest of the season.

Parcells said the team will pay Williams half of his remaining salary, which would amount to about $162,000.

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