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Marinelli to undergo hip surgery next week

12/30/2006 - NFL Detroit Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Lions coach Rod Marinelli is scheduled
to have hip replacement surgery next Friday.

"There isn't going to be a long rehabilitation," Marinelli
told The Detroit News after practice Friday.

Marinelli will have his left hip replaced. The 57-year-old
previously had replacement surgery on his right hip, but now walks
with a noticeable limp because of degeneration in his left hip
joint.

The surgery means the Lions staff will not coach the Senior Bowl
in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 27. Traditionally, the staffs of the two
NFL teams with the worst records are assigned to coach the North
and South teams.

The Lions and Oakland Raiders are 2-13 going into the final
weekend and are guaranteed to have the two worst records. The Lions
end the regular season Sunday in Dallas against the Cowboys.