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Chuck Pagano Reportedly Diagnosed with Leukemia, Bruce Arians to Coach Colts
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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is going to miss time with the team after being diagnosed with what is called a "serious illness," according to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star

Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that the illness Pagano is suffering from is leukemia. However, he also reports that the situation is "very treatable."

In an appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike In the Morning (via ESPN's Rachel Nichols), Pagano will be hospitalized for six weeks as he undergoes treatment for the disease. 

At the press conference, the doctor provided some insight as to when Pagano began his treatment and a small glimpse into what's to come. (via Mike Chapell)

Colts beat writer Mike Chappell provided notes from the press conference, notably what owner Jim Irsay had to say about the situation. 

Chapell also provided tidbits from Irsay about how the coaching situation will likely play out for the rest of this season. 

Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star also had a quote from Irsay, as well as some information on Pagano's treatment. 

Irsay delivered a message to all the fans of the franchise and the NFL to keep thinking about Pagano. 

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who is in his second stint with the franchise, will take over as the team's coach in Pagano's absence. 

According to a Kravitz report filed to the Indianapolis Star, the Colts will hold a press conference this morning to discuss the situation and what Pagano will be dealing with. 

The Colts will have a press conference this morning, at which time they will introduce Pagano’s doctor and offer more specifics on his illness.

One top organization official acknowledged it’s serious, but added “we’re very optimistic about his recovery."

Kravitz's report also says that Pagano got tested during the Colts' bye week after "feeling unusual fatigue in recent weeks."

Pagano was in his first season as head coach of the Colts after serving as the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011. Along with Andrew Luck, he represented a changing of the guard for the franchise. 

The Colts are off to a 1-2 start this season, with Pagano's first victory as a head coach coming in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings

 

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