Brutal hit caused internal bleeding

Updated: October 13, 2003, 7:40 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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