Team physicians said yesterday that Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes was hospitalized for dizziness last week, and doctors determined that he had suffered a mild stroke.
"He presented with dizziness and had multiple testing done that proved and showed the mild stroke," team physician Brad Shoup said in a statement. "He's recovering well and appears not to have any type of deficits after the stroke."
Rhodes did not accompany the team to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Seahawks' game yesterday against the Jaguars. He was in the coaches' booth yesterday as a consultant, but linebackers coach John Marshall handled the play-calling.
"He's already been back part time with coaching and should return to full-time coaching this week," Shoup said.
Rhodes, 54, is in his third season as Seattle's defensive coordinator. He was the Redskins' defensive coordinator during the 2000 season.
* LEFTWICH BANGED UP: Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich appeared to injure his left leg as he was bent over backward near the goal line late in yesterday's 10-3 loss to the Colts, but he returned with 1 minute 44 seconds remaining.
Leftwich hobbled off the field and was worked on by team doctors after the third-down play in which he was tackled from behind by DE Raheem Brock. Leftwich was bent awkwardly and lay on the ground in pain for a few moments, reaching toward his knee.
Afterward, Leftwich was taken for X-rays.
"I don't want to say what it is right now, but it wasn't the knee," Leftwich said. "I'm happy the knee is okay."
Leftwich was in obvious pain as he limped from play to play on the Jaguars' final drive. He got Jacksonville to the Colts 22, but his final pass intended for Jimmy Smith in the end zone was broken up by Colts S Bob Sanders.
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