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Seattle's Rhodes suffered mild stroke

SEATTLE (Sept. 18, 2005) -- Team physicians said Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes had suffered a mild stroke after he was hospitalized with dizziness earlier this month.

"He's recovering well and appears not to have any type of deficits after the stroke," team physician Brad Shoup said in a statement.

Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren said Rhodes, 54, should resume full-time coaching this week. He was hospitalized Sept. 4.

Rhodes did not accompany the team to Jacksonville last week. He was in the coaches booth in the Falcons-Seahawks game as a consultant, but linebackers coach John Marshall handled the play calling.

He was presented with a game ball after Seattle's 21-18 victory.

"I think he was minding doctor's orders pretty much," Holmgren said. "Then we sent him home.

"He can't go out tonight," Holmgren added with a smile.

Rhodes, a former head coach at Philadelphia and Green Bay, is in his third season as Seattle's defensive coordinator.

"As long as he eases back into it, he'll be fine," Holmgren said. "He had a mild stroke. The hard part is that it's not his nature to take it easy. He's a pretty intense guy."

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