Denver Broncos Coach John Fox Released from Hospital After Heart Valve Surgery
Updates from Monday, Dec. 2
Gray Caldwell of DenverBroncos.com has more from John Fox after returning to the team:
Fox: "I feel tremendous. Obviously the doctors feel good about me getting back to work."— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) December 2, 2013
Fox: "There's no danger of what I had fixed...I'm actually in better shape now than I was a month ago."— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) December 2, 2013
Fox said he's unsure whether he will coach on the sideline or in the press box.— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) December 2, 2013
Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post has a picture of Fox as he addressed the media:
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 28
The Denver Broncos released a statement on Fox returning to the team:
“John Fox has been cleared by doctors to return as head coach of the Denver Broncos beginning Monday. We are very pleased that his recovery from a heart procedure on Nov. 4 has progressed so well.
Our organization is confident that his health will allow him to meet his head coaching responsibilities. While no formal restrictions will be placed on his workload upon return, he will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as his well-being remains our No. 1 priority.
We look forward to Coach Fox’s return to the team on Monday.”
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer initially reported the news;
Thanksgiving scoopage: Broncos HC is returning to work on Monday, says he plans to coach next week tho he's unsure from booth or sideline— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 28, 2013
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 27
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen sent his plane to pick up John Fox in Charlotte and to bring him back to Denver before Thanksgiving.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2013
Updates from Sunday, Nov. 24
Mike Klis of The Denver Post has an update on John Fox's health, reporting that the head coach will return to Denver this week:
Fox has been on leave since undergoing heart valve replacement surgery Nov. 4 in Charlotte, N.C. He has been recovering at his offseason home in Charlotte, walking every day, watching game film and staying in communication with interim head coach Jack Del Rio.
Team owner Pat Bowlen will arrange to have his private plane pick up Fox and his wife Robin in Charlotte and fly him to Denver on Wednesday.
It has not been determined when Fox will return to coaching. The Broncos' medical team plans on monitoring his hours when returns.
Updates from Monday, Nov. 18
The Denver Broncos shared a picture of John Fox speaking to his team via video conference following the team's big win over Kansas City on Sunday:
Andrew Mason of MaxDenver.com provides an update from John Fox, who talks about his condition:
John Fox: "I feel good." Thanks the media & fans for their wishes & thoughts. Says he's watching the coaches film of the SD game today.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
Fox, on watching the game Sunday: "I don't know if it was difficult. It's definitely different…there's parts of it I had to quit watching."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
Fox is "improving every day … they (the doctors) like where I'm at right now." #Broncos— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
Fox said he had a "bicuspid aortic valve." He was born with it, it was "progressively getting worse a year ago," knew he needed surgery.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
Fox: "WIth heart surgery, they basically hit you with a truck pretty fast, so you have to heal."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
Fox: "There's always some scary parts of it, and I'm past those."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
Fox: "My goal and dream is to be there (on the sideline) before the conclusion of the season."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
Fox said when they brought him into the hospital on Nov. 2, they gave him a CT scan and his valve "was almost completely closed."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 12, 2013
USA Today's Lindsay Jones provides more from Fox:
Fox doesn't anticipate having to make any lifestyle changes once recovered. Said he's healthy, and this was a hereditary heart issue.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) November 12, 2013
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.
From Gray Caldwell of Denverbroncos.com:
Del Rio said he spoke with Coach Fox. "He's in great spirits and he's healing."— Gray Caldwell (@GrayCaldwell) November 7, 2013
From Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego:
Del Rio anticipates Fox, at some stage in recovery, will help team remotely in game prep. Not yet. "We're not having that type of dialogue."— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) November 6, 2013
Michelle Beisner of NFL.com provides an update on Fox's recovery:
The Denver Broncos have been in direct communication Wednesday with John Fox's wife, Robin, and everything is progressing well, and the coach's recovery from this week's aortic heart valve replacement procedure is on track, according to a team source.
Beisner also speaks about Fox's potential timetable to return:
The Broncos tell me that if Fox had his way, the high energy, enthusiastic head coach would be back on the sideline as soon as possible. The team wants him to take as much time as he needs, however, and to listen to his doctors rather than rush back. The Broncos have emphasized that they want Fox to take things very slowly, and they are prepared to be without him for an extended period.
From Mike Klis of the Denver Post:
Broncos media relations director Patrick Smyth got an update Tuesday regarding the progress of coach John Fox, who underwent aortic valve replacement surgery Monday.
A day after open-heart surgery, Fox was already out of his hospital bed.
“Coach Fox is doing well,” Smyth said. “Everything is on track. He’s obviously getting plenty of rest. But the hospital staff was able to get him out of bed and walk him around a bit today.”
After listing to Dr. Eric Skipper, who heads the cardiology team that performed the heart surgery on Fox, during a conference call Monday, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Broncos coach begins to ease his way back to Broncos headquarters in two or three weeks.
Initially, Fox may spend a couple hours at the office one week. Maybe go in two or three days the next week while watching a game or two from the press box.
DenverBroncos.com passed along statements from the team and John Fox's wife Robin after the head coach underwent successful heart surgery:
STATEMENT FROM THE DENVER BRONCOS
Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox underwent successful aortic valve replacement surgery this morning at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte.
“He is currently in the hospital’s post-operative critical care unit, where his recovery is being monitored by doctors.
STATEMENT FROM ROBIN FOX
Our family greatly appreciates the overwhelming support and well-wishes we’ve received for John. Along with his medical team, we will take great care of him so he can fully recover and get back to coaching the Broncos as soon as possible.
From Lindsay Jones of USA Today:
John Fox had surgery this morning, John Elway said. Fox is in recovery now.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) November 4, 2013
From Andrew Mason of MaxDenver.com:
Elway: "Our main concern is the well-being of John Fox and getting him healthy."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 4, 2013
Elway: "Everything has been positive up to this point in time" regarding Fox's surgery.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 4, 2013
From Mike Klis of The Denver Post:
John Fox in recovery, will know more soon how long recovery time is needed— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 4, 2013
John Elway said still waiting for results.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 4, 2013
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com followed:
#Broncos expect to announce an interim today, I’m told. Still see Jack Del Rio as favorite, but John Fox and John Elway will discuss today— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 3, 2013
From Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:
Just spoke with John Fox. He's having a procedure on his aortic valve on Tuesday in North Carolina. He will remain there for 2 weeks and miss about a month to 6 weeks.
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
According to Broncos executive director of media relations Patrick Smyth, the 58-year-old did not have a heart attack as was originally suspected.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the surgery is for a condition Fox was already aware of:
Denver Broncos coach John Fox is expected to have heart valve surgery this week that could sideline him for up to two months, according to a team official.
Tests were conducted Saturday and will continue Sunday, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Fox was aware that he had a condition with a heart valve that eventually would require surgery. He was hoping to avoid it until after this season but when he experienced the light-headedness Saturday, the timeline for the surgery very well might have been expedited.
Fox has been terrific since taking taking over as head coach of the Broncos.
He led them to an 8-8 record, an AFC West title and a postseason win in the wild-card round over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, and with Peyton Manning at the helm last year, the Broncos with 13-3 with another division title.
This season, Fox has the Broncos looking like legitimate Super Bowl contenders at 7-1 going into their Week 9 bye.
According to Schefter's report, offensive coordinator Adam Gase (no head-coaching experience) and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio (68-71 as a head coach) will have "added duties" in Fox's stead.
A two-month absence would bring the veteran head coach back right before the start of the playoffs. But for now, that doesn't matter. We just hope surgery is successful and he has a full and speedy recovery.
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