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Bledsoe Escaped Damage to Organs

September 25, 2001

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BOSTON (AP) _ Drew Bledsoe escaped damage to his internal organs when he was knocked out of Sunday’s game, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday.

Belichick added that Bledsoe could leave the hospital Wednesday and still is projected to miss at least the next two games.

``There’s no damage that’s been detected to any internal organ or ribs or anything like that, or lungs,″ Belichick said on a conference call. ``The chest tube will probably be removed (Wednesday). Assuming that all continues to go well, my guess is that he’ll be discharged in the next day or two.″

Bledsoe was injured when linebacker Mo Lewis hit him full-speed in the fourth quarter of New York’s 10-3 victory on Sunday. Although Bledsoe played one more series, he was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital when he became uncomfortable 45 minutes after the game.

Doctors inserted a chest tube to drain internal bleeding. Bledsoe spent Sunday night in intensive care, though Belichick said it might have been because all the standard beds in the hospital were full. By the time Belichick visited him on Monday, though, Bledsoe was in a standard room.

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