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Tom Coughlin hospitalized after breaking ribs and puncturing lung in bicycle accident

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Former Jacksonville Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin has fractured four ribs, punctured his lung, and injured himself to the point of needing stitches in his head after a bicycle accident last weekend in Jacksonville that left him hospitalized for a night, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

According to Coughlin, another man on a racing bike “comes out of nowhere and clips the front of my bike” and blindsided the former Executive VP of Football Operations.

In December, Coughlin was let go as the team’s executive vice president of football operations, two days after the NFL Players Association warned players to be wary of signing with the franchise, citing excessive fines and player grievances. He was in his second stint with the team, becoming the first head coach in franchise history in 1995.

When he was let go, Coughlin released a statement through his agent that said he had a lot of football left in him, according to CBS Sports.

“As head of football operations for the Jaguars for the last three years, I was responsible for all things related to football. I take great pride in our accomplishments, especially in 2017. I’d like to thank Shad Khan for the opportunity to come back to Jacksonville, all the players and staff for their efforts, and the great fans here for their support. I was the first coach of this franchise, and I will always be supportive of the Jaguars.”