New York Giants quarterback Danny Kanell had a small lump removed from his chest Monday, and doctors believe the growth is benign.
The team said the surgery, under one of the player's nipples, was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
"I don't think Danny was worried about it," coach Jim Fassel said. "It's good to get it out now."
The 24-year-old quarterback may miss a few days of practice. The Giants (3-4) do not have a game this week.
Fassel said the lump was discovered three weeks ago by Kanell. He said doctors suspected the growth was benign before the surgery and they did not change their opinion afterward.
A frozen section of the lump must be examined before a conclusive finding can be made.
| Danny Kanell throws a pass past Arizona's Tony McCombs during the second quarter of New York's 34-7 victory on Sunday. (AP) |
The surgery came less than 24 hours after Kanell enjoyed his finest day as a professional, hitting 22 of 36 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The 24-year-old has completed 123-of-223 passes for 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions this season. He is backed up by Kent Graham.
Kanell took over as the Giants starting quarterback last year and guided the team to an 8-2-1 record and its first NFC East title since 1990.
The 6-3, 220-pound quarterback was a fourth-round pick of the Giats out of Florida State in the 1996 draft. He ranks second in school history in passing yards (6,372) and is first in touchdowns (57).
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