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Chuck Pagano medically cleared to return


It looks like Chuck Pagano will meet his expectation of returning to work with the Colts on Monday.

The Associated Press reports that Pagano has been given clearance by his doctors to get back to his head coaching duties. Dr. Larry Cripe said Thursday that he has told Pagano that he has no restrictions in terms of resuming his work schedule and that it is totally up to him when he does that.

“Medically, I see no reason he cannot come back when he’s ready to try and come back,” Cripe said. “Coach has done a great job with this, and I trust him.”

Cripe was asked about the possibility that Pagano was pushing himself too hard and said that he would give Pagano the same advice he gives to any other patient.

“Look, if you get pooped out, adjust,” Cripe said.

The Colts play the Chiefs on Sunday and will clinch a playoff spot with a win, which means Pagano will return to a team in a very different place than the one he left in October. They were 1-2 at that point and many thought they would spend a second straight year as one of the league’s worst teams. They’ve gone 8-3 under Bruce Arians, however, and Pagano will likely be on the sideline in a playoff game in a couple of weeks as a result.

It’s been a remarkable story to follow and it will likely make for at least one more emotional moment in Week 17 when Pagano leads his team onto the field against the Texans.

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32 Responses to “Chuck Pagano medically cleared to return”
  1. fijabbersman345 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:09 PM


  2. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 20, 2012 4:14 PM

    Teams playing with massive emotion tend to win. See Chiefs, Cowboys, and Raiders (after Al Davis died).

    Texans REALLY need to win this weekend to avoid having to run into that buzzsaw.

  3. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 20, 2012 4:14 PM

    Outstanding. Glad to see the Colts and their fans get their coach back.

  4. bengalsucker says: Dec 20, 2012 4:21 PM

    Props to Coach Pagano! I’m sure your team and fans are glad to have you back and healthy. Take it easy. Don’t push yourself too hard. You have some supporters in Bengals country!

  5. rambo08 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:21 PM

    Great News! What an inspirational guy!

  6. tannethrill says: Dec 20, 2012 4:21 PM

    Good for Pagano but I can’t help but think that sticking with Arians for the remainder of the season is the right move. Aside from anything else Arians has earned this run.

    If I was Pagano I would be focused on a return next season because I think it’s what’d best for his team heading into the playoffs.

  7. chattanola says: Dec 20, 2012 4:22 PM


  8. jakec4 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:22 PM

    Bruce Arians did a hell of a job with the hand he was dealt.

  9. heeeeelzfan says: Dec 20, 2012 4:24 PM

    When one considers the not-so-good headlines of some NFL teams this season, it is good to know that sometimes we have a story like this. Why anyone would disagree with some of the positive comments posted about Coach Pagano and his journey is beyond me.

  10. dbones750 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:29 PM

    who thumbs downs chuckstrong? I hope it’s the CAPS LOCK receiving the thumbs down.

  11. fuglyflorio says: Dec 20, 2012 4:33 PM

    I’m glad he’s better. He seems like a great guy. But they ought to let Arians finish out the season.

  12. fievel03 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:37 PM

    Congrats Coach and the entire Pagano family! (from a Lions fan)

  13. electionconfidential says: Dec 20, 2012 4:38 PM

    If he comes back and they lose out the fans will be thinking hard about Bruce Arians. May not be fair, but it’s the way things work.

  14. chicagobtech says: Dec 20, 2012 4:38 PM


    I guess some people really don’t like the Colts.

  15. thejabronisayz says: Dec 20, 2012 4:39 PM

    Can someone explain to me why so many of these comments are getting the thumbs down?

  16. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Dec 20, 2012 4:41 PM

    that’s great news, happy for both Chuck and Bruce. see, Chuck will stay head coach but next year teams will be in the hunt for head coaches so Bruce will be one of the top prospects for those jobs. win win for everyone and the colts

  17. packh8er says: Dec 20, 2012 4:46 PM

    Good lord why are all the decent comments on this story filled with thumbs down? What the hell is wrong with you people?

  18. onearmsteven says: Dec 20, 2012 4:47 PM

    how is anyone giving any comment here a thumbs down?

  19. calibear831 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:48 PM

    It’s going to be awkward if the team.does bad with him as head coach

  20. tlmoon2112 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:51 PM

    Praise God for that! As a father who lost a child to cancer, I love seeing cancer getting its ass kicked.

  21. sdelmonte says: Dec 20, 2012 4:53 PM

    Will be kind of hard not to root for the Colts if my team doesn’t make it.

  22. bricktop02 says: Dec 20, 2012 5:11 PM

    Way to go chuck. Keep it up.

  23. txtuff says: Dec 20, 2012 5:49 PM

    Great news! But he should be more of a bystander the remainder of this year than come in and try and take over. Unless the Colts tank against KC this weekend don’t try to fix what isn’t broken.

  24. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 20, 2012 5:50 PM

    If I was the owner, he’d be on the sidelines, but not running the game. I’m not trying to be hard, but it’s week 16 and he’s just won the biggest game of his life. Takes more than a week to rehab physically.

  25. necr0philia says: Dec 20, 2012 6:48 PM

    Congrats,I wish you a very happy and healthy life. What a great story so far for him the Colts and there fans.

    Signed An Atlanta Falcons Fan

  26. thetooloftools says: Dec 20, 2012 7:09 PM

    Way to go Chuck. Stay healthy.
    Much Love from Cleveland Ohio !

  27. tdrundmc says: Dec 20, 2012 7:18 PM

    Poor Chuck, back in time to get slaughtered in the playoffs. Indy can only beat the cupcakes.

  28. randallflagg52 says: Dec 20, 2012 7:42 PM

    Hate the colts, but it’s hard not to root for Chuck. Really missing him in Baltimore this season.

  29. njraiderfan19 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:51 PM

    God bless you, Chuck. My mom died 4 years ago next week of a rare form of lymphoma and I cheer for anyone who can poke a stick on The Beast’s eye. Don’t overextend yourself, find your limits, keep your focus and by all means, be well.

  30. dandrol says: Dec 20, 2012 11:16 PM

    So happy to hear this. Good for Chuck and the Colts!

    I can’t help but think though that Bruce Arians will be one of, if not THE hottest head coaching candidate in the offseason. What he accomplished in his situation is nothing short of amazing.

    As an Eagles fan, I hear so many head coaching possibilities…but if we were to get Bruce Arians to coach our team next season, I’d be thrilled.

    Congrats to Chuck for the comeback! Congrats also to Bruce for a job that has exceeded probably everyone’s expectations.

  31. raider23mike says: Dec 21, 2012 1:20 AM

    Oh great!! The Win Record is about to go down.

  32. burgandy2260 says: Dec 21, 2012 4:08 PM

    God bless him for fighting through his struggle. He’s meant to be a leader!

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