With Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano having completed his final round of chemotherapy, there is a chance the first-year head coach will be on the sidelines again this season.
The wonderful news comes to us via IndyStar.com's Mike Chappell, who passed along this quote from Dr. Larry Cripe of IU Health Simon Cancer Center:
I'm fully supportive and I have my fingers crossed that he'll be there on the sideline if that's where he wants to be.
The doctor added that over the next couple of weeks, Pagano will have to return to health and recover from the treatment, and that the coach is free to start conditioning to do just that.
When the doctor was asked if a return was possible as soon as the Dec. 30 season finale, when the Colts host the Houston Texans, Chappell quotes Dr. Cripe as saying:
Medically, I think it's very possible and I think the coach will make the decision about how he's feeling and whether he's up to the task. Then, the organization will make a decision.
So there is a lot that comes into play here for the coach to make that return, but it is amazing that it is even a possibility.
The Colts have been one of the season's real surprises, as they weren't expected to be contenders in the first place, and when they lost Pagano indefinitely on Sept. 26 with a 1-2 record, it seemed like they were in for a rough season.
However, the team has rallied around #ChuckStrong, even though he hasn't been able to coach, and interim head man Bruce Arians has done a wonderful job in his stead.
In fact, the 8-4 Colts have played so well that there is a strong chance there be will serious playoff implications on the line for them during that targeted season finale.
And even if he doesn't make it back to the sideline, this is still beautiful news in the recovery of Pagano.