New York Jets coach Todd Bowles underwent surgery after the season to have a benign mass removed from his throat, he told reporters Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine.
Bowles, 52, said it was "almost the size of a golf ball," according to NJ Advance Media. The coach said he's "fine" and that he won't require any post-surgical treatment because it wasn't malignant.
It was discovered during the season -- his first with the Jets -- but he was assured by doctors there was no reason to be alarmed. At that point, he decided to wait until after the season to have it removed.
"It was just how much pain tolerance I could take," Bowles said. "It was fine. It wasn't a big deal. It was pressing up against the artery, and I had trouble swallowing a little bit. I didn't want to get it done during the season, if something went wrong. So I just waited until after the season."
Bowles said he initially couldn't speak after the surgery. He joked that it impaired his ability to sing.
"It messed up my singing vocals," said the coach, who fancies himself as doo-wop singer. "But other than that, it was fine."