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Hentrich has emergency surgery for ruptured appendix

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 23, 2005) -- Tennessee Titans punter Craig Hentrich had emergency surgery to remove a ruptured appendix.

Hentrich became ill and had his appendix removed June 22, according to Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher said Hentrich will remain in the hospital for another day or two as doctors monitor him to ensure that no infections develop.

The punter missed the Titans' final minicamp session June 23, and Fisher said he will be cleared to resume workouts on the field within three weeks. Hentrich had surgery earlier this offseason to repair discs in his neck.

"We're lucky Craig's just about got everything out of his system now, and I guess better yesterday than the night before a game like we had with Shad during the season," Fisher said.

Tight end Shad Meier needed an emergency appendectomy hours before a home loss to the Houston Texas last October.

An 11-year veteran, Hentrich is a two-time Pro Bowler who finished fourth in the NFL last season with a 38-yard net punting average.

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