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Indianapolis Colts fullback Craig Heyward will remain hospitalized at least through Monday while recovering from brain surgery.

Heyward was listed in serious but stable condition Saturday in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital. His condition had not changed since Friday, when a hospital spokeswoman said Heyward was alert and talking.

Colts spokesman Craig Kelley said Saturday that Heyward was handling the situation privately. Hospital spokeswoman Sharon Richards only provided Heyward's official condition as listed in hospital records, but no other details.

After 12 hours of surgery Thursday, doctors were unable to completely remove a shrimp-sized tumor known as a chordoma because it was entwined with vital brain structures, neurosurgeon Dr. Troy Payner said. Heyward might need additional surgery and radiation therapy to combat the tumor, he said.

Doctors discovered the tumor after the 32-year-old Heyward complained of blurred vision last week. Tests showed the tumor was pressing on his optic nerve.

Heyward joined the Colts in September. He played in four games, mainly as a blocker. He gained 15 yards on six carries, bringing his career-rushing yardage to 4,301 yards in 11 seasons.

When Colts coach Jim Mora was at New Orleans, he made Heyward a first-round draft pick for the Saints in 1988 and coached him for five years. Mora brought him to Indianapolis after Heyward was released by the St. Louis Rams.

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