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Falcons ‘pleased’ with Kaleb McGary’s heart procedure

Falcons, Kaleb McGary

The doctors that performed the heart procedure on Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Kaleb McGary were very pleased with how it went according to coach Dan Quinn.

“Number one, the doctors were certainly happy about the procedure,” Quinn said via AJC.com. “We’ll have some more updates as we go along. But for the first part of it, they were happy.”

On Tuesday McGary left team practice with what the team called an illness and on Wednesday the team announced he needed to undergo an ablation procedure.

How long McGary will have to sit out is still up in the air but it seems that six to eight weeks is what most believe it will take. Quinn wouldn’t make an official announcement and said the team will update when they know more after consulting with doctors.

“We’ll kind of go through the same markers to go back and see the docs about when his return to play can be,” Quinn said. “We’ll update as we go. There is nothing to report. I know they were pleased with the procedure.”

This is considered a minor procedure and it won’t affect his ability to play football in the long term.

“This won’t affect his ability to play football long term,” said Shephal Doshi, a cardiac electrophysiologist and director of cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif.

McGary is expected to compete for a starting spot on the line, so the faster he can get back to the team the better.

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