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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Udeze reaction

Reaction continues to trickle in to reports that Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with a case of leukemia.

Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson said he heard the news last week at the Pro Bowl, which he attended as a guest of defensive tackle Kevin Williams, and spoke Monday night to Udeze.

"He said the support has been great," Johnson said. "A couple people came by and visited him in the hospital. That helped me out. I was shocked when I found out. He said he'll be in the hospital for two months and have to get chemo."

Johnson said defensive line coach Karl Dunbar broke the news to Vikings players in Hawaii at a Pro Bowl party hosted by owner Zygi Wilf.

Johnson, who makes his offseason home in Houston, said he has had several phone conversations with Udeze and plans to visit him soon.

"He said he'll be all right," Johnson said. "It was a blow to him, but he's in good spirits."


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