Coach says he's fine after surgery last month

Updated: May 12, 2005, 9:56 PM ET
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Washington Redskins: Coach Joe Gibbs underwent an operation several weeks ago to unclog an artery to his heart.

Gibbs, a 64-year-old diabetic, said the procedure "has no effect on my work, or my tenure with the Redskins."

He said Wednesday he had the precautionary procedure in mid-April at a Washington hospital on the advice of doctors. A small tube, known as a stent, was placed in the artery. Gibbs said he has never had a problem with his heart, and the blockage was discovered during a routine physical.

"I suffered no ill effects prior to the procedure, and have had none since," he said.

Oakland Raiders: Unrestricted free agent linebacker Jay Foreman, a six-year veteran released earlier this offseason by the Houston Texans, has signed with the Raiders.

An ankle injury limited Foreman to 11 appearances, all starts, for the Texans in 2004. Despite missing five games, Foreman still finished second on the team in tackles, with 102. He also had two quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery, playing inside linebacker in the Texans' 3-4 scheme. He should challenge for considerable playing time in a revamped Raiders unit. The Raiders have been looking to beef up their linebacking corps after trading Napoleon Harris to Minnesota in a deal for Randy Moss in March.

Foreman, 29, is the son of former Minnesota Vikings standout tailback Chuck Foreman. The former Nebraska standout played his first three NFL seasons in Buffalo, before he was traded to the Texans in 2002. For his career, Foreman has 630 tackles, 3 ½ sacks, three forced fumbles, four recoveries and eight passes defensed. He has appeared in 81 games and started in 63 of them.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Free agent linebacker Nate Wayne agreed to a contract.

Wayne is expected to sign Monday and begin offseason conditioning.

Wayne spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before he was released in February. In nine games last season, he finished with 38 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. He also started one postseason game.

An eight-year NFL veteran, Wayne has 365 career tackles and 16 sacks in stints with Denver, Green Bay and Philadelphia.

New England Patriots: The club signed offensive tackle Victor Leyva, waived by the Miami Dolphins on April 28, to a one-year contract. Leyva, 27, is a three-year veteran but has played in just 10 games in his career.

The former Arizona State standout was originally chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2001 draft. He made Cincinnati's 53-man roster as a rookie, but did not see any game action. In 2002, he appeared in 10 games, seeing action as a reserve offensive lineman in five. The five other appearances came on special teams. In 2003, Leyva was on the active roster the entire season but did not play in a game.

Leyva was re-signed by the Bengals as a restricted free agent before the 2004 season, but was waived on Sept. 9. He spent the remainder of the 2004 season out of football. Leyva was signed by the Dolphins in late January, then waived three months later.

Denver Broncos: Last season's top Division II player, rookie free-agent quarterback Chad Friehauf, signed with the team.

The team also waived tight end Mike Pinkard.

Friehauf set NCAA single-season records in passing yards with 4,646, and completions, with 384, as he led Colorado School of Mines to its first playoff appearance in the school's 131-year history.

Terms of Friehauf's deal were not disclosed.

Friehauf was the winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in Division II.

Indianapolis Colts: FieldTurf will replace the RCA Dome's 8-year-old AstroTurf for the upcoming season, Colts president Bill Polian.

The team has had a FieldTurf surface at its indoor practice facility for the last two seasons.

The RCA Dome and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis were the only two stadiums last season that had AstroTurf, which has less padding, more awkward seams and, many believe, increases the chances for injury than the newer artificial surfaces that look and feel more like grass.

On Tuesday, the Rams announced they would replace their AstroTurf to FieldTurf for the 2005 season, then go with a new, long-term convertible system that can be picked up in parts and moved easily to accommodate functions when the team isn't playing.

Indianapolis and St. Louis were voted the league's worst fields in a survey of about 1,500 players by the NFL Players Association released in February.

Information from senior NFL writer Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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