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Westhoff given clean bill of health after ninth surgery on cancer-ravaged left leg

Updated: September 1, 2008, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Mike Westhoff is back running the New York Jets' special teams unit.

The popular and fiery 60-year-old coach stepped aside after last season to have a ninth operation on his left leg, which has been ravaged by bone cancer. After recently getting a clean bill of health, Westhoff was welcomed back Monday to the coaching staff.

"He had to get medical clearance to do that and it's nothing that he ever expected and nothing I ever expected," coach Eric Mangini said. "As tough ...

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