A spokesperson for Swedish Medical Center in Denver has confirmed that Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey was hospitalized for two days last week, undergoing tests for a severe migraine headache, but refused to make any further comments regarding his condition or prognosis.
During practice on Monday McCaffrey began feeling a sharp pain in his side, and had difficulty in breathing. By Wednesday the pain had increased to a point that the former Pro Bowl receiver opted to check himself into Swedish Medical Center, while his teammates gathered at head coach Mike Shanahan's annual team party Wednesday night.
"I had a fever of over 100 degrees, a severe headache, and it started to scare them," McCaffrey told reporters. "It might not sound like much now that it's over, but during it, you reflect on your entire life."
Doctors initially were concerned he might have contracted meningitis, according to McCaffrey, but after a series of tests, which included a spinal tap, it was determined that he was suffering from a mysterious virus that led to the migraine.
After resting in bed over the past weekend McCaffrey remains optimistic that he will be ready for Monday night's season opener against the New York Giants.
"I'm sick of laying in bed," McCaffrey told the Denver Post. "I haven't worked out since last Wednesday, but it didn't look like too many of the starters worked out too hard on Friday, so I don't feel too guilty. I'm still sore from all those tests, but I would like to try to do something (today). But the biggest thing is, I'm feeling healthy. I'm feeling very healthy."
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