The Medical Watch
May 2 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
An ongoing series of articles, this week’s medical watch is not quite as long as the one prior to mini-camp.
Tony Parrish is the latest name to be added to the list. Parrish had a huge scare this past week when a growth was found on his testicle. A cautionary procedure to remove the testicle was done, and the tumor was found to be benign. Parrish will not have to undergo any chemo or radiation therapy, and has already begun to work out again. Although the surgery wont hurt him all season, he is likely to feel a small tug in his abdomen throughout for at least a year.
Alex Lincoln who the team hoped would be able to play this season suffered another set back at mini-camp. Lincoln was not cleared to practice with the team, and was sent home. It appear she will spend another season on the injured reserve nursing a tingling sensation in his back that doctors have yet to be able to diagnose.
Giovanni Carmazzi remains on the medical watch. Carmazzi has begun throwing the ball again, but has not been cleared to practice with the team. Carmazzi may be released by the time training camp roles around because of the competition at the third quarterback spot.
Nate Jackson an UDFA suffered a minor sprained ankle in mini-camp. There are no ill effects reported.
A much shorter medical watch is very important for the team. The 49ers need to remain healthy, this year, it will be key in becoming a powerhouse in the NFL once again.