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‘The Fridge’ Is Overladen, May Enter Eating Disorder Center

From Associated Press

Bears defensive lineman William (the Refrigerator) Perry is back up to about 360 pounds and may return to a center for eating disorders, Coach Mike Ditka says.

“Perry is trying. . . . He’s working out and we’re checking his progress,” Ditka said Wednesday. “It is not going as good as he wants it to go and it is not going as good as we want it to go.”

Ditka, attending the National Football League owners meetings in Palm Desert, Calif., said a decision on the chronically overweight Perry could come as early as next week when the staff returns to Chicago.

Ditka said an understanding exists between Perry and the Bears about what will happen if Perry is not in shape by training camp. In January, Ditka said Perry would be released if he did not get in shape in the off-season.

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One possibility is returning him to a clinic for eating disorders, Ditka said.

Perry probably will have to get down to 320 again in order to be invited to training camp July 28, Ditka said.


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