Broncos coach John Fox discharged from Charlotte hospital
Fox is on a leave of absence after he was taken by an ambulance to the hospital, with complaint of light-headedness experienced during a golf outing on Saturday. After undergoing a battery of tests, he had aortic heart valve replacement surgery on Monday. In a statement released by the team on Friday, Fox thanked the doctors and nurses at the hospital who have been caring for him since he fell ill last weekend. Fox also thanked his friends, family as well as the Broncos personnel and fans for their support during his stay in the hospital.
"I am truly thankful for every single thought and prayer that was directed my way," he said.
At this point, Fox will remain in Charlotte, where he still has a home after being the Panthers coach for nine seasons (2002-10). Even though Fox still has a long road to recovery, his release from hospital is a “good thing” since it marks the next phase in his rehabilitation from the surgery.
"My recovery is progressing well -- I am feeling better and getting stronger each day,” Fox said. “I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right.”
The Broncos appointed defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as the interim head coach until Fox is able to return to work. According to the firmest timetable, Fox is expected to miss 10 weeks.
“Although I'm eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health,” Fox continued. “I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff."
Even though Fox is not yet able to travel to Denver, Del Rio said he expects to talk with the coach “almost on a daily basis.” Meanwhile, Del Rio will serve as the Broncos’ interim coach from here on and until Fox’s return. The Broncos (7-1) travel to play the San Diego Chargers (4-4) in a Week 10 game this Sunday.
Fox noted that while he will miss the sideline action, he will still be able to watch the Broncos play from his home on game day.
"While it's extremely difficult to be away from the team on Sunday in San Diego,” Fox said, “I'll be cheering them on from home just like the many Broncos fans who have supported me throughout this process."