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Brokaw back in play after brief hospital stay

Tom Brokaw at this week's Democratic National Convention. NBC photo

NBC News mainstay Tom Brokaw has been released from Carolinas Medical Center and pronounced in "great health" after feeling light-headed Thursday on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe.

The 72-year-old anchor/reporter/author underwent a "medical evaluation and a round of tests" before being discharged, NBC News said in a statement.

Brokaw has been in Charlotte for this week's Democratic National Convention. "Out of an abundance of caution," he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for a check-up, NBC News president Steve Capus said in a statement.

Brokaw sent out an all's well on Twitter earlier Thursday morning.

"Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual," he tweeted. "Made a better comeback than Giants."

Brokaw was referring to Wednesday night's 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on NBC's prime-time kickoff of the NFL season. The game rubbed out NBC's convention coverage, save for a brief halftime update by Brokaw's Nightly News successor, anchor Brian Williams.

Brokaw has been covering national political conventions since 1968.