CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert is recovering from surgery to clear a blockage in his heart.
Heckert recently underwent a procedure at the Cleveland Clinic and is at home resting comfortably. Team president Mike Holmgren provided an update on Heckert's condition Monday before announcing a new contract extension for linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.
Holmgren said Heckert did not suffer a heart attack. A few weeks ago, he wasn't feeling well and went in for a checkup and tests, which revealed the blockage in an artery. The surgery prevented Heckert from attending last week's NFL combine in Indianapolis.
"I just got off the phone with him," Holmgren said. "He had heart surgery. He's gonna be fine. Actually, he's a very healthy guy now. He had a blockage in an artery. They found it, they fixed it and he should be good to go."
"He's going to work for a little bit and I'll kick him out of the building," Holmgren said. "It's according to the doctor's plan how much he can do with this sort of thing. It won't change anything with his involvement in the draft. Little by little, by the time the draft comes up, he should be back in here working full time."
The upcoming draft is a crucial one for the Browns, who have the No. 4 overall pick and three of the top 37 selections.
Holmgren joked that Heckert has been getting better each day.
"Little by little, he is getting out of the bed. He's wearing those funky slippers he owns," Holmgren said. "He has to get rid of those. He is going to be fine and in fact, he is on the road to recovery."