Unitas OK after arm, hand surgery

September 26, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Former Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas is reported to be resting comfortably after an operation Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center to deal with numbness and pain in his right arm and hand, a problem that beset him for several years.

Muscle and ligament damage was found consistent with the injuries he suffered from playing football. The Hall of Famer is expected to be discharged from the hospital shortly. Doctors also performed reconstructive finger surgery on his right hand.

Unitas had been schedule to appear today as the keynote speaker at the Unity Classic Football luncheon in Louisville, Ky., which precedes the game tomorrow between Kentucky State and Fort Valley State.

Unitas' hospital stay will prevent him from participating in the ceremony, but he'll be represented by his son John Jr., and former teammate Lenny Moore, another Hall of Fame member, who will deliver the main speech.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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