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Updated Jun 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Cardinals QB coach Freddie Kitchens released from hospital

The Cardinals started Wednesday's practice with a prayer for QB coach Freddie Kitchens. Photo courtesy of @CardsMarkD

Arizona Cardinals QB coach Freddie Kitchens was released from the Arizona Heart Hospital Monday. He had been there since undergoing heart surgery early last week.

According to the team, Kitchens, who had a defect in his aorta, has been cleared by doctors to continue his recovery at home though he will be restricted on some levels. He is expected to be ready to return to the team, at least on a limited basis, at some point during training camp.

"There are so many people that I'll be indebted to for the rest of my life and ‘thank you' just doesn't seem near enough," Kitchens said in a statement, before thanking the Cardinals' medical staff. "They recognized immediately that something was wrong, even when I wouldn't admit it. They knew enough to send me right away to Chandler Regional (Medical Center) where the ER staff and attending physician jumped right in and knew how critical the situation was."

Kitchens, 38, is thankful to be alive.

"Looking back, I have no doubt -- none whatsoever -- that I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the those people," he said.

Kitchens went on to say he has been "overwhelmed by the prayers and kindness" he's received.

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