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Todd Bowles had benign tumor removed

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Credit: AP / Michael Conroy

INDIANAPOLIS — Jets coach Todd Bowles felt something unusual in the front of his neck shortly after the start of the 2015 season, and follow-up tests revealed a benign tumor. But Bowles was so concerned that having surgery to remove the tumor during the season would potentially cause a disruption to the team that he opted to have it taken out once the Jets’ schedule was over.

“It was how much pain tolerance I could take,” Bowles said Wednesday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine following a briefing with reporters. “[The doctors] told me I could get it done after the season. If I did it during the season and something went wrong . . . I just waited until after the season.”

About two weeks after the season, he had the tumor removed at a surgical facility in northern New Jersey.

“It was the size of a golf ball,” said Bowles, who did not reveal until Wednesday that he had the surgery. “It was pressed up against my artery, and I had some trouble swallowing.”

Bowles said he does not require any follow-up treatment.

“I’m great,” he said. “It was benign. I was concerned, but it’s fine.”

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