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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Rhodes Will Miss Opening Game



From Chris Cluff at The Seattle Times:

A Seahawks defense that has undergone a lot of change already this year has been forced to make another adjustment just days before its first game.

Ray Rhodes, the team's fiery defensive coordinator, will not be with the Seahawks when they play the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday.

Rhodes, 54, has been experiencing recurring episodes of dizziness and spent Sunday night and Monday in a Kirkland hospital undergoing tests. He was released from the hospital yesterday, but doctors have told him to rest, and he is expected to undergo more tests.

The Seahawks yesterday had no timetable for his return. But linebackers coach John Marshall, who assumed command of the defense this week, said Rhodes would be back.

Marshall also said the two had been in constant communication about the game plan for Sunday.
"We've already talked; we've done some pre-work on Jacksonville," said Marshall, a 25-year NFL veteran who has coordinated defenses for three teams. "I'm on the phone with him all the time. It's Ray's game plan, and we're just executing it."

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