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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 11/25/2010

Mike Shanahan says Mike Heimerdinger will 'fight through' cancer diagnosis

By Jason Reid

As teammates and roommates at Eastern Illinois in the early 1970s, Mike Shanahan and Mike Heimerdinger began a friendship that has lasted to this day.

On Wednesday, Shanahan called Heimerdinger, Tennessee's offensive coordinator, after learning his friend left the Titans Wednesday and will undergo chemotherapy after a cancer diagnosis.

"I had a chance to talk to him yesterday," Shanahan said after practice Thursday at Redskins Park. "Obviously, he's fighting through.

"He's going to be fighting through some chemotherapy here in the next couple of months. He's a fighter. And just knowing Mike, he'll fight through this."

As a junior at Eastern Illinois, Shanahan suffered a ruptured kidney while being hit during practice. Heimerdinger helped save his life, Shanahan said.

"I did lose my kidney my senior year, but really, eligibility-wise, my junior year," Shanahan said. "That was after spring ball. And Dinger saw me throwing up in the sink, and he knew something was wrong. ... He saved my life."

By Jason Reid  | November 25, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

Old men just can't play an entire season, sorry and thanks to Mr. Portis.

Posted by: MrChili | November 25, 2010 1:31 PM

A 29 year old is an old man? Yowsa!

Posted by: Alan4 | November 25, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

maps...

Former Miss Universe confuses Koreas with ‘Chinas’

CARACAS — Venezuela's former Miss Universe Alicia Machado closed her Twitter account after being mocked for confusing the Koreas with China.

Concerned by North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island, the 1996 beauty queen winner got muddled when tweeting for world peace via her @aliciamachado77 account.

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.."Tonight I want to ask you to join me in a prayer for peace, that these attacks between the Chinas do not make our situation worse," she wrote late on Tuesday.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 25, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

A 29 year old is an old man? Yowsa!


Posted by: Alan4 | November 25, 2010 2:39 PM |

alna,

Although in the ordinary world 29 is young, in the NFL 29 with the kind of punishment Portis has taken is a little old.

He has been a warrior and those type of RB's don't last much after 29.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 25, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Tough day for Alphonso Smith. He's been targeted on all of the Pats TDs.

I'm in a food coma.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 25, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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