Clancy complained of chest pains

Updated: October 21, 2004, 7:47 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Sam Clancy was taken from the team's practice facility on a stretcher Thursday and rushed to a hospital after complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath during practice.

Clancy, 46, had a breathing apparatus over his mouth when he was placed in the ambulance just before the end of practice.

"The doctor was here and he went and saw the doctor and they just took him to the hospital for precautionary [reasons] to check on him," coach Norv Turner said. "The doctor suggested to make sure, just to be safe, to take him to the hospital. He walked in. It wasn't any dramatic thing. We're just being safe with him."

This is Clancy's first season with the Raiders after coaching the Saints' defensive line the past four years.

He played 11 pro seasons as a defensive lineman. He was selected by Seattle in the 11th round in 1982. After two years with the Seahawks, Clancy played two seasons in the USFL before returning to the NFL with Cleveland and Indianapolis.

Clancy was a four-year letterman in basketball at the University of Pittsburgh, but didn't play football.

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