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Brutal hit caused internal bleeding

10/13/2003 - Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami receiver Roscoe Parrish was released from a Tallahassee hospital Monday, two days after a brutal hit caused internal bleeding.

Parrish, one of the team's top playmakers, left Saturday's game
against Florida State in the second quarter after cornerback
Stanford Samuels knocked him to the ground on a crossing route. He
was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and placed in the
intensive care unit.

Coach Larry Coker said Monday that Parrish initially had blood
in his urine, a sign of internal bleeding. But tests later revealed
that Parrish was okay.

"The prognosis is good," Coker said. "Roscoe feels a lot
better. He's pretty sore. I think I would be more than pretty sore
if I took a hit like that. We feel very good about his complete
recovery."

Coker said Parrish would be re-examined upon his return, but he
doesn't expect the 5-foot-9, 157-pound receiver from Miami to
practice Tuesday.

Parrish's helmet was knocked off on the jarring hit. He tried to
walk off the field under his own power but was wobbly and dropped
to a knee. He was down for several minutes before being helped to
the locker room. He complained of pains in his chest and abdomen,
Coker said.