A federal appeals court has rejected running back Maurice Clarett's long shot bid to get the court to reconsider his lawsuit challenging the NFL's eligibility rule for the draft.

Lawyers on both sides were told this week that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit had rejected a request for a rare rehearing by all 11 judges. The former Ohio State player must now decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In May, a three-judge appeals panel said federal labor policy allows NFL teams to set rules for when players can enter the league, stopping Clarett from entering the NFL draft.

A telephone message seeking comment was left yesterday for Clarett's lawyer, Alan Milstein. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had no comment.

A lower court judge in February ruled Clarett eligible for the draft, saying the NFL violated federal antitrust laws with its rule barring eligibility until a player was three years removed from high school.

Clarett was only two years out of high school at the time. He will be eligible for the draft in April no matter what happens in court.

Raiders' Clancy Out of Hospital

Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Sam Clancy was released from a hospital, a day after he was taken from the team's practice facility in an ambulance because of chest pains and shortness of breath he experienced during practice.

Doctors told Clancy, 46, he could coach tomorrow in the Raiders' home game against the Saints, Coach Norv Turner said.

"He's doing fine. They've done a lot of tests on him," Turner said. "He did not have a heart attack. He had an arrhythmia."

An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat.

Eagles McDougle Hospitalized

Philadelphia defensive end Jerome McDougle missed practice because of an irregular heartbeat and was doubtful for the Eagles' game against Cleveland tomorrow.

Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said McDougle complained after Thursday's practice of feeling a little lightheaded, shortness of breath and upper respiratory infection symptoms.

The Eagles sent him to the hospital, where McDougle had an irregular heartbeat diagnosed. He spent most of the evening at the emergency room and took medication that restored a normal heartbeat within four or five hours, Burkholder said.

Moss Uncertain

Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss tested his strained right hamstring, but his status for Minnesota's game against Tennessee tomorrow remained uncertain.