Rhodes Hospitalized Again

Two months after suffering a mild stroke and missing the Seahawks' season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes was hospitalized on Friday after suffering what head coach Mike Holmgren described as another "episode" with similar symptoms.

"It wasn't as severe as the first one," Holmgren said, while refusing to say that Rhodes suffered another stroke. "I'll let the medical people define that.”

Rhodes was first hospitalized on Sunday, September 4 after complaining to team doctors that he was not feeling well. He was diagnosed with the stroke during that stay. Rhodes returned to the team in mid-September.

"You look at everything, your diet, your exercise," Rhodes said on September 19. "You are going to look at everything you do. You have to make sure you do things right.

"We do work a lot of hours. All those things add up. This has been a time in my life where I feel like I can survive off three or four hours of sleep. You can't do that on a consistent basis. I think I burned at both ends a little bit too much."

John Marshall, Seattle’s linebackers coach and a former defensive coordinator in his own right with the Carolina Panthers (1999-2001), San Francisco 49ers (1997-1998) and Atlanta Falcons (1983-1985), has been serving as interim defensive coordinator this season. Rhodes had been in the coaches’ booth, consulting with Marshall. Holmgren said that Rhodes will not travel to Arizona for this Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. The Seahawks (5-2) rank eighth in the NFL in total defense this season after ranking 26th overall in 2004. Marshall commandeered the NFL's top defense in San Francisco in 1997.

Holmgren told the assembled media that Rhodes "started feeling really tired last night" and called his doctor after arriving at work at the Seahawks' headquarters on Friday morning. Holmgren said that Rhodes was advised to return to the hospital.

"He was cutting back on some of the things he was doing, but clearly he wasn't cutting back enough," Holmgren said. "He's his own worst enemy sometimes. So now we're going to take a little different look at it."

Holmgren said Rhodes, who has been the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks for the past three seasons, has been feeling better since his mild stroke. "His blood pressure was down," Holmgren said.

Holmgren had met with Marshall about Sunday's game plan. "Everything is in place. John has been calling the defense."

Pruitt Added to Roster: As reported by the team's official site, the Seahawks have added practice squad safety Etric Pruitt to the active roster. Pruitt will replace Ken Hamlin, who suffered head and hand injuries during an altercation in Seattle's Pioneer Square in the early morning of October 17.

Pruitt was drafted in 2004 (sixth round, 186th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons when current Seahawks president Tim Ruskell was Atlanta's Assistant GM.

In a recent chat with Seahawks.NET, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com commented on the possibility that Pruitt might be added to the roster. “Pruitt is an interesting guy. Personally, I had him as a 2nd-day draft pick and that is where he ended up with Atlanta,” Rang said. “He is similar to (Ken) Hamlin in that he is at his best being physical, especially near the line of scrimmage. (However), he tends to cheat towards the line and go for big hits, which sometimes gets him beat deep. He isn't the caliber of athlete (size/speed ratio) that Hamlin is, but is a legit player. I was surprised to see him released from Atlanta and feel that he is a nice fit in Seattle's aggressive, fairly simple scheme."

Marquand Manuel, who started at free safety in Seattle’s 13-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys on October 23, is expected to retain his starting role in Hamlin's stead.

Doug Farrar is the Editor-in-Chief of Seahawks.NET. Feel free to e-mail him at doug@seahawks.net.

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