Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary to have heart procedure

Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary to have heart procedure

Kaleb McGary may not be able to make his NFL debut on time.

The Falcons on Wednesday announced the rookie offensive lineman will undergo a cardiac ablation procedure, which destroys tissue in the heart that is allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm.

Per the team’s website:

The minimally-invasive procedure is similar to two previous procedures McGary has undergone in his playing career and a potential recovery timetable is expected following the procedure. It’s worth noting, too, that McGary was cleared by NFL medical testing to participate in the scouting combine, which took place in late February and early March.

McGary left Tuesday’s practice with what the team described as an illness. Despite the setback, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Saturday he has been impressed with McGary so far this season.

“I thought (he is) really pushing Ty (Sambrailo) in a close fight and a close battle,” Quinn said. “All of the things that go on in the first install he was able to handle very well, and that’s a testament to the work he put in over the summer to get right and get ready … I’m encouraged where he’s at, and I think he’s gaining momentum and trust in what he’s doing.”

McGary, 24, was selected out of Washington by Atlanta with the 31st overall pick in April’s draft.