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Heisman Winner Ernie Davis Has “Blood Disorder,” Will Not Play for Browns this Year

Aug. 1, 1962 - Ernie Davis (left) of Syracuse, the 1961 Heisman Trophy winner, is not expected to play this season with the Cleveland Browns because of a blood disorder requiring extended treatment and rest, Browns president Art Modell (right) said today. Modell discussed Davis’s condition with doctors who have been examining the all-America halfback in Evanston Hospital since Monday. Davis was working out with the College All-Stars and was to have played against the NFL champion Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field Friday night. Modell said the disorder was not contagious. “At this moment, it appears almost certain that Ernie will not be able to play for the Browns this season,” Modell said. “The doctors at Evanston Hospital are still completing tests but have diagnosed his condition as a blood disorder requiring extended treatment and rest. The long-range future depends on his response to those treatments.”#NFL #football #1960s #OTD #packers #browns #syracuse