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Niners lineman Herrion rushed to hospital

DENVER (Aug. 20, 2005) -- San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion collapsed in the locker room after the 26-21 loss against Denver and was taken to the hospital.

Emergency workers were performing CPR on the lineman as he was being placed in an ambulance.

Players said coach Mike Nolan had just finished his postgame meeting with them when Herrion collapsed.

"As players, we all stood back, took one knee and prayed for Thomas," defensive end Bryant Young said.

Nolan said he had no comments about the game, a 26-21 loss to the Broncos.

"There are more important things on our mind than the game," he said. "Right now, our thoughts and prayers are with Thomas Herrion."

The lineman was on the field for San Francisco's 14-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a touchdown with 2 seconds left in the game.

Herrion, a first-year player with the 49ers, played college ball at Utah and spent part of last season on the San Francisco and Dallas practice squads, and also played this season with the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe.

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