Fox needs heart surgery
Broncos coach John Fox felt light-headed while playing golf Saturday.
“@JayGlazer: 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”
“Jay Glazer@JayGlazer: Fox was slated to have this procedure in the offseason but held off. Ironically, he flew to North Carolina …”
“Foxie said its something he knew he’d one day need but it deteriorated faster than they feared. Although he’ll be away from team he’ll still be involved”
Glazer said Fox is in the process of determining who will replace him as interim coach.
The Broncos released this statement Saturday night:
Head Coach John Fox will undergo an aortic heart valve replacement early next week at a Charlotte-area hospital. He will take a leave of absence from coaching for at least the next several weeks.
“Our focus at this time is Coach Fox’s health and well-being. We extend our thoughts and well-wishes to him for a full and speedy recovery.
“Coach Fox was advised by doctors months ago that his defective aortic valve would require this procedure following the 2013 season. As part of his trip to North Carolina over the bye week, he had a preoperative appointment on Thursday with his doctor, who informed him to seek medical attention immediately if he felt any discomfort.
“On Saturday, Coach Fox began feeling light-headed while golfing with friends. He was taken to a hospital, where testing revealed he needed to have this procedure as soon as possible.
“The club will announce its interim head coach as soon as that decision is finalized.”
Fox also released a statement thanking everyone for their support and saying that while he’s disappointed to be taking a leave of absence, “I understand that it’s the right thing to do.”
Running back C.J. Anderson was among the players who sent their well wishes on Twitter, saying, ”Prayers go out 2 Fox we here coach.”
Fox is in his third season as Broncos coach after a nine-year stint with the Carolina Panthers. He’s 107-88 overall, including 6-5 in the playoffs. In Denver, he’s 29-14, including 20-5 since quarterback Peyton Manning‘s arrival.
The Broncos (7-1) reconvene Monday in preparation for their Nov. 10 game at San Diego.
Broncos coach playing golf in Charlotte during team’s bye week when stricken.
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox was taken to a hospital in the Charlotte area Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf, the club told USA TODAY Sports.
Contrary to media reports, “He did not have a heart attack,” Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth told USA TODAY Sports, adding Fox is in “good spirits” and is up walking and talking while undergoing testing.
Smyth later took to Twitter to say he got a text message from Fox: “I am doing fine. We are just running some tests and will know more in a few hours.”
Smyth said Broncos officials have been in touch with Fox and his family, who are spending the team’s bye week at their home in Charlotte.
Fox, 58, is in his third season with the Broncos after spending nine years as head coach for the Carolina Panthers.
The Broncos medical staff has also been in contact with Fox’s doctors in North Carolina.
The Broncos are 7-1, second in the AFC West to the Kansas City Chiefs. Denver next plays at the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 10