Falcons’ Smith says tests show his heart is ‘fine’
By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP)—Falcons coach Mike Smith says his heart is fine.
Smith said Monday his doctors have a plan to address the discomfort that caused him to be examined in a Charlotte hospital following the Falcons’ win over the Panthers on Dec. 11.
The coach did not make the team flight back to Atlanta from Charlotte. He was back at the Falcons’ practice the following day and on the sideline for Atlanta’s home win over Jacksonville on Thursday night.
Smith had follow-up examinations on Friday. He says those tests revealed the cause of his problem was not his heart.
He says “my heart is fine. I am fine.” Smith did not provide any further details, but says his doctor’s plan to address his undisclosed “issues” would not affect his coaching duties.