New­some re­turns to work af­ter health scare

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

OWINGS MILLS, MD. | It’s been this kind of sea­son for the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl champs: A tough-to-take over­time loss in Chicago be­came even more painful for the Bal­ti­more Ravens when gen­eral man­ager Ozzie New­some be­came too ill to take the flight home.

New­some re­turned to Bal­ti­more on Mon­day and im­me­di­ately slipped be­hind his desk fol­low­ing a night in Chicago in which the 57-year-old un­der­went a bat­tery of tests, ac­cord­ing to coach John Har­baugh.

“He’s been here all af­ter­noon work­ing, so he’s back and has a clean bill of health,” Har­baugh said. “We don’t know ex­actly what caused the sit­u­a­tion [Sun­day], but it wasn’t any­thing se­ri­ous. So he seems to be do­ing fine.”

The Ravens lost 23-20 in a game de­layed about two hours by bad weather. Har­baugh found out about New­some’s ill­ness early Sun­day evening as the team pre­pared to head back to Bal­ti­more.

“I went back and saw him. At that point in time, they said they thought he was OK,” Har­baugh said. “But they had to keep him overnight for ob­ser­va­tion just to make sure.”

New­some has not dis­played signs of ill health re­cently. He is of­ten seen in work­out clothes af­ter a run on the tread­mill or around the prac­tice fa­cil­ity, and he en­joys other forms of car­dio ex­er­cise.

New­some’s ap­par­ent re­cov­ery was a wel­come piece of good news in the wake of another ag­o­niz­ing de­feat. With their fourth loss in five games, the Ravens (4-6) fell 2½ games be­hind the first-place Cincin­nati Ben­gals in the AFC North. City Chiefs in the first half Sun­day night af­ter be­ing un­able to ac­cel­er­ate on Ja­maal Charles’ 35-yard run.

The Bron­cos said he had a lower leg in­jury and re­moved him from the game.

Dur­ing the night, Moore called the team’s ath­letic trainer be­cause he was still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pain and swelling and was told to see a doc­tor, who de­ter­mined he needed what’s called a fas­ciotomy.

That’s where a sur­geon cuts open the skin and fas­cia cov­er­ing the af­fected com­part­ment, which are group­ings of mus­cles, nerves and blood ves­sels.

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It’s been a tough sea­son for Ravens gen­eral man­ager Ozzie New­some, who watched Sun­day as Joe Flacco and the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons fell to 4-6.

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