Freddie Kitchens leaves hospital

Updated: June 11, 2013, 9:17 AM ET
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Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens was released from a hospital Monday after undergoing heart surgery last week and credited his team's medical staff, doctors and nurses for saving his life.

Kitchens
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The team said in a statement that Kitchens would continue his recovery at home and is expected to return, at least in a limited capacity, during training camp.

Kitchens on Monday thanked the team's medical staff, head trainer Tom Reed, team doctor Wayne Kuhl and surgeon Dr. Andrew Goldstein and the ER staff at Chandler Regional Medical Center for their actions in helping to save his life.

"Looking back, I have no doubt -- none whatsoever -- that I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the those people. I've played or coached football my whole life so I can definitely appreciate teamwork and a smooth, efficient operation but the work those doctors, nurses and medical personnel do is just incredible," he said in a statement.

"Again, I wouldn't be alive without them. I'm overwhelmed by the prayers and kindness everyone has sent my way; from the Cardinals, throughout the NFL, in Arizona, Alabama and everywhere else. I realize how truly fortunate I am and the blessing I have been given."

Kitchens, 38, began feeling dizzy and light-headed during last Tuesday's practice before being taken to the hospital for the further testing. A CT scan performed at the hospital revealed a defect in Kitchens' aorta, which required immediate surgery at the Arizona Heart Institute.

Kitchens played quarterback at Alabama before and during coach Bruce Arians' tenure as offensive coordinator there. Arians retained Kitchens from the Cardinals' previous staff when Arizona hired Arians as its head coach this offseason. Longtime NFL assistant Tom Moore has been coaching quarterbacks in Kitchens' absence. Arians has also coached the position previously.

Information from ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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