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Jackson Has Abnormal Stress Tests

July 27, 2002

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) _ Offensive tackle John Jackson, the Cincinnati Bengals’ oldest player, will have his heart checked at a hospital after two stress tests Friday showed slightly abnormal results.

Jackson, 37, is scheduled for an angiogram Monday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

If the angiogram finds nothing wrong, Jackson could return to workouts in a week or two. Doctors insert a catheter during an angiogram, and Jackson would need time to heal from the procedure.

Jackson’s family has a history of heart problems. His 62-year-old father, Samuel, died of a heart attack last May.

Jackson had a routine stress test Friday that came back ``marginally abnormal,″ trainer Paul Sparling said. A repeat test got the same result, prompting the team to schedule the angiogram.

He was signed as a free agent before the 2000 season after spending 12 years with Pittsburgh and San Diego. Jackson started five games for the Bengals in 2000 but became a backup last season after they signed left tackle Richmond Webb.

Third-string quarterback Akili Smith, who tore a hamstring last season, dislocated the middle finger on his left hand as he took a snap during the team’s first training camp practice Friday.

The injury to Smith’s nonthrowing hand wasn’t serious. He’s expected to practice again on Saturday.

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