For many, working on Christmas Eve isn’t something you look forward to.
The Colts can’t wait to get there.
Monday will mark the return of coach Chuck Pagano, following his three-month absence after being diagnosed with leukemia.
Interim coach Bruce Arians said Pagano would address the team at 10 a.m. The team sent out a media schedule that included a 12:15 p.m. news conference with the simple inscription: “Coach Available.”
“It’s hard to imagine what it will be like,” Colts guard Joe Reitz said, via Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. “When everything happened to Chuck, B.A.’s message all along was, ‘Let’s extend the season for Chuck.
“That’s what we did today. You can’t ask for a better Christmas present than to go on the road, get a victory, get ourselves in the dance.”
The Colts secured a playoff bid with a 20-13 win over the Chiefs Sunday, setting the stage for next week’s emotional regular season finale against the Texans.
Arians said Pagano will resume his full duties Monday, and will be on the sidelines next week and in the postseason.
“We’ve been winning all these games for us,” Colts safety Antoine Bethea said, “but most definitely for Chuck as well.”
And now he’ll be able to share the experience with them.