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Falcons deny that Mike Smith is still experiencing chest-related discomfort


Last night, the Falcons said they’d have no comment on the report from Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange that coach Mike Smith is still experiencing chest-related discomfort, and that he could have more testing after Thursday night’s game.

Today, the Falcons have commented.  And they deny it.

He feels fine,” Falcons V.P. of Football Communications Reggie Roberts told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  “He spent the week preparing his team for the nationally televised game against Jacksonville.  Smith had a previously scheduled appointment.  It was made after he left the hospital in Charlotte.”

Curiously, Pasquarelli has now filed an updated report, which meshes with Roberts’ comments — and makes no mention of Smith having ongoing chest-related discomfort, or of last night’s report that Smith was experiencing persistent chest-related discomfort.

It’s unclear whether Pasquarelli has abandoned his report of ongoing chest-related discomfort, whether he stands by it, or whether he’s simply pretending it never happened.

For now, we’ll simply move on.

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13 Responses to “Falcons deny that Mike Smith is still experiencing chest-related discomfort”
  1. earthtopft says: Dec 15, 2011 1:48 PM

    After examining Mike, doctors decided that the discomfort was just due to a temporary interruption of normal blood flow from the heart to other parts of the body. Probably due to obstructions in one or more of the main arteries.

  2. swagjag says: Dec 15, 2011 1:53 PM

    Get well Mike! Class act.

  3. earthtopft says: Dec 15, 2011 1:56 PM

    Well, at least the Falcons aren’t playing Tebow this week.

  4. steelers1981 says: Dec 15, 2011 1:59 PM

    I wish Coach Smith well.

    Steeler Fan

  5. kane337 says: Dec 15, 2011 2:09 PM

    Stay healthy Mike Smith. We need you.

  6. fjdk4444 says: Dec 15, 2011 2:16 PM

    I like the photo of Smith you posted in this article…further cements the credibility in your coverage of the story.

  7. marvinmillersucks says: Dec 15, 2011 2:43 PM

    Mike may just have eaten something that gave him a bad case of Pastabelly!

  8. paulitik74 says: Dec 15, 2011 3:00 PM

    It’s probably reflux related esophageal spasms. I’ve had several occasions where I’ve had to go to the emergency room with chest pains, where it turned out to be that. Coaches live on takeout food, it’s probably pretty common. That diet mixed with the stress of an NFL Schedule, I’m stunned more coaches don’t get ill more often.

  9. turbodog1027 says: Dec 15, 2011 3:36 PM

    Doc prescribed 2 aspirin and to stop his all his ridiculous whining on the sidelines

  10. earthtopft says: Dec 15, 2011 3:43 PM

    Well, at least Mike will be given some lingering closeups from the cameras tonight. No doubt with the players encouraging him to “Go down Mike, go down now!” when they notice. Or, “Camera Mike, clutch and drop!”.

  11. seattlesuperchronic says: Dec 15, 2011 4:04 PM


    My thoughts exactly.

  12. colinsnooks says: Dec 15, 2011 4:05 PM

    Bad case of the Taco Bells.

  13. bigwaz says: Dec 15, 2011 4:55 PM

    Heart attack-like symptoms.

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