Committee considers heart test following Adams' death
Associated Press
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The NFL's medical committee is discussing giving players echocardiograms in the wake of Chicago Bears and former Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams ' death this month.

Adams died of an enlarged heart, something an echocardiogram can detect. NFL teams already give extensive physicals to players.

Stress testing and echocardiograms are conducted when the results of the physical, an EKG and family history indicate the need.

NFL medical people and outside experts who sit on the league's cardiovascular health committee previously have discussed making echocardiograms standard. They're doing so again, pending the final pathologists' report on Adams.

But some cardiologists warn there could be risks, such as misdiagnoses, to making echocardiograms standard in a physical exam.

FALCONS: Atlanta hired Tim Lewis as the team's secondary coach in hopes of improving its pass defense.

Lewis coached the Seattle Seahawks' defensive backs this season and is a former defensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. He was Carolina's secondary coach in 2007-08.

Lewis replaces Emmitt Thomas , who was not retained after the Falcons ranked 28th in pass defense.

- Receiver Roddy White is replacing Minnesota's Sidney Rice on the NFC roster for Sunday's Pro Bowl game in Miami.

White will make his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance after leading the Falcons with 85 catches for 1,153 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns.

He will be the Falcons' only player in the game.

VIKINGS: Cornerback Cedric Griffin will have surgery to repair an injured left knee and might not be ready for the start of next season. Griffin was injured covering the overtime kickoff in Minnesota's loss at New Orleans in the NFC championship game.

RAVENS: Hue Jackson says he is leaving his job as quarterbacks coach in Baltimore to take over as offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.

Jackson told the Ravens team Web site he will be the primary play-caller for the Raiders. The team has not made an official announcement.

Coach Tom Cable called plays last season when Oakland did not have an offensive coordinator. The Raiders have not said whether Cable will be back as head coach next season.

But they have hired two assistants with ties to Cable in Jackson and defensive line coach Mike Waufle . Jackson worked with Cable at California in 1996.

- Baltimore hired former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees as its new linebackers coach. The 60-year-old Pees ran New England's defense over the past four years after serving for two seasons as the Patriots' linebackers coach.

From the Wednesday, January 27, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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