Mike Smith cleared at Charlotte-area hospital after suspected heart attack

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After the Falcons pulled off a come-from-behind win over the Panthers, Atlanta coach Mike Smith gave the franchise a much bigger scare.

Smith ended up at a Charlotte-area hospital after becoming ill on the team plane.  He was checked for a possible heart attack.

“It was not a heart attack,” G.M. Thomas Dimitroff told Peter King of Football Night In America.  “Everything came out negative with the tests.”

Smith wasn’t feeling well on the plane, which was delayed due to other air traffic.  The Falcons decided to take Smith off the plane and have him checked by paramedics.  The paramedics suggested that Smith be examined at a hospital.

“He’s in good spirits and we’re relieved,” Dimitroff said.

UPDATE 10:52 p.m. ET:  The Falcons have issued a statement regarding the situation.  “Following the Falcons game vs. Carolina today, Head Coach Mike Smith was transported to a hospital in Charlotte for a non-emergency matter,” the team said. “Coach Smith is resting comfortably, his tests reaffirmed his health, and he is expected to be in Atlanta on Monday.  The Falcons will provide further information as it becomes available.”