News & Notes: Atlanta Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary, a Fife grad, undergoes heart procedure

Atlanta Falcons rookie and former Fife standout Kaleb McGary underwent a minimally invasive heart procedure Wednesday after leaving practice.

McGary has atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes occasional irregular heartbeat. He “felt ill” and left practice Tuesday, according to Jason Butt of The Athletic, and was slated to play in Friday’s Hall of Fame. Instead he underwent a cardiac ablation operation the next day for the third time in his life.

The Falcons traded up to draft McGary, a University of Washington product, with the 31st overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter noted the last time McGary underwent the procedure, he missed 6-8 weeks.

McGary’s health scare leads off this week’s News&Notes from around Washington high school sports. Here are some more from around the state and country:

  • Kaycie Tuttle, formerly the athletic director at Quincy High School (2A), died on July 24 after a fight with cancer, The Columbia Basin Herald reported. She was athletic director at the school from 2016-19 and held various school-related jobs before that.

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