Benign tumor removed from chest of Cardinals' IwebemaPosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- A benign, baseball-size tumor has been removed from the chest of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Kenny Iwebema.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt says the surgery was performed Monday. The tumor was discovered during routine X-rays before the start of minicamp April 30.
Trainer Tom Reed says Iwebema showed no symptoms and that the condition could have been life-threatening had it gone undetected.
Doctors were able to use a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure to remove the tumor through Iwebema's side.
Had the tumor been a little bit bigger, Whisenhunt says doctors would have had to crack Iwebema's chest, which would have put him out for the year.
Reed says there was no sign of the tumor in X-rays taken when Iwebema was at the rookie combine 14 months ago.
He was a fourth-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2008.