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Chargers’ Ryan Leaf Hospitalized

September 18, 1998

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Rookie quarterback Ryan Leaf was taken to a hospital Thursday for treatment of a viral infection. He stayed overnight and the team said there was a chance he could practice on Friday.

Leaf will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Kansas City.

Leaf was being given antibiotics intravenously, team spokesman Bill Johnston said.

Leaf was sick when he showed up at the team’s practice complex Thursday morning and attended a quarterbacks meeting. Coach Kevin Gilbride said Leaf was shivering and obviously in need of medical attention, so he was sent to the hospital.

Craig Whelihan took all the snaps at practice Thursday. Whelihan started the last seven games of 1997 after Stan Humphries was knocked out with a concussion. The Chargers (2-0) don’t have a third-string quarterback, having cut Casey Weldon before the season started.

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