Broncos Coach John Fox Taken to Hospital After Becoming Light Headed
John Fox has been released from the hospital and released a statement on the situation, via DenverBroncos.com:
“I am grateful for the exceptional care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff during this past week at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte. In particular, I want to thank my surgeon, Dr. Mark Stiegel, and his highly skilled and compassionate team for all they have done.
“A special thanks to my cardiologist, Dr. Geoff Rose, as well as Dr. Kevin Lobdell and Dr. Robert Heyer for their outstanding care.
“The encouragement I’ve received from Robin and my family, friends, the Denver Broncos, fans and so many around the NFL has been incredible. I am truly thankful for every single thought and prayer that was directed my way.
“My recovery is progressing well — I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. 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.
“Although I’m eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff.
“While it’s extremely difficult to be away from the team on Sunday in San Diego, I’ll be cheering them on from home just like the many Broncos fans who have supported me throughout this process.”
NFL Network's Albert Breer supplied Fox's full statement:
“I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today. Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand that it’s the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals. I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible."
From Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson:
Broncos statement: 'John Fox will undergo an aortic heart valve replacement early next week at a Charlotte-area hospital.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) November 3, 2013
Fox: 'Although disappointed I must take time away to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand it’s the right thing to do.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) November 3, 2013
From Denver Post reporter Mike Klis:
John Fox will have heart surgery Monday or Tuesday. He will be out minimum of 2 weeks, up to 2 months. Jack Del Rio likely interim.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 3, 2013
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Tests on a valve in Broncos head coach John Fox's heart were conducted today and will continue Sunday to determine if he needs surgery.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2013
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox was taken to a local hospital after becoming light headed while playing golf.
The Broncos released a statement on the matter:
"Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital after feeling light-headed while playing golf on Saturday."— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) November 2, 2013
"He is being held at the hospital for testing and further observation. Our medical staff is currently in contact with Coach Fox…"— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) November 2, 2013
(continued) "his family and the doctors who are treating him. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available."— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) November 2, 2013
Fox will have heart surgery on Monday or Tuesday.
Initially, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported Fox had sustained a suspected heart attack:
Broncos HC John Fox taken to hospital with a suspected heart attack, via @mortreport and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2013
Broncos coach John Fox was taken to Charlotte area hospital from golf course when he complained of chest pains. Broncos believe he is ok.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 2, 2013
Broncos believe that even with HC John Fox suffering a suspected heart attack, he should be OK.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2013
Patrick Smyth of the Denver Broncos says that Fox did not sustain a heart attack:
Talked to Coach Fox a few minutes ago. Did not have a heart attack. Is in good spirits and undergoing additional testing at hospital.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) November 2, 2013
Vic Lombardi of CBS News confirms that Fox is doing well:
Broncos tell me Fox is fine. Just a bit spooked.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) November 2, 2013
Fox has done a sensational job since taking over in Denver beginning in 2011. With Tim Tebow at quarterback, the veteran coach was able to guide the Broncos to an 8-8 record and the AFC West division title, even winning a wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Then came the Peyton Manning era, which has gotten off to a magnificent start. The Broncos posted a 13-3 record in successful defense of their divisional crown last year. Denver currently sports a 7-1 record and is on a Week 9 bye.
Hopefully Fox will have a speedy and full recovery.
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