The Seahawks have confirmed that their team plane made an unscheduled stop in South Dakota because defensive assistant Ray Rhodes was feeling sick, and team doctors decided he should undergo additional tests. Doctors subsequently determined that Rhodes is OK. Rhodes stayed at a hospital in Rapid City for a few hours while the team continued on to Seattle. Rhodes is on his way back to Seattle right now.
The team wanted to be extra cautious on this one because Rhodes has a history of stroke symptoms. The Seahawks were returning from Chicago, site of their game Sunday night, when Rhodes began feeling ill. Team physicians Dr. Brad Shoup and Dr. Kevin Auld tended to Rhodes on the Boeing 757 belonging to Seahawks owner Paul Allen. The team plane was on the ground in South Dakota for about 45 minutes. The team arrived back in Seattle after 4 a.m. PDT.