Panthers owner Richardson gets pacemaker

Updated: November 5, 2008, 9:29 AM ET
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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who has a history of heart problems, remains hospitalized after having a pacemaker defibrillator implanted in his chest.

One of the NFL's more active and influential owners, the 72-year-old Richardson was admitted to Carolinas Medical Center last week and underwent the procedure on Monday, according to media reports.

Charlie Dayton, the Panthers' director of communication, said Richardson was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, according to the Charlotte Observer. Richardson will be released later this week and is expected to resume normal activity soon, Dayton told the newspaper.

Richardson is a former NFL player who was responsible for bringing the expansion Panthers to the Carolinas. He underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2002.