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Chuck Pagano to resume work tomorrow

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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.

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12 Responses to “Chuck Pagano to resume work tomorrow”
  1. realskipbayless says: Dec 23, 2012 6:38 PM

    Great story. I’m not a colts fan but I’m happy to see them making the playoffs for chuck. Chuck-strong.

  2. worldwidebleater says: Dec 23, 2012 6:51 PM

    Mike Mularky should have gotten some of the cancer.

  3. southpaw2k says: Dec 23, 2012 7:13 PM

    I am a Ravens fan, and the entire fan base and organization love Chuck Pagano.

    Go get ‘em, Coach.

  4. southpaw2k says: Dec 23, 2012 7:13 PM

    I am a Ravens fan, and the entire fan base and organization love Chuck Pagano.

    Go get ‘em, Coach.

  5. richiesaurus310 says: Dec 23, 2012 7:17 PM

    If there is such a thing as a head coach controversy it could happen in indy. What if the colts struggle with chuck at the helm after bruce arians got them to ten wins this seasonn?

    Great to see Chuck back either way.

  6. kattykathy says: Dec 23, 2012 8:00 PM

    The Texans will ruin his return next week. Sorry Chuck, but Houston is not going to let home field throughout slip away

  7. ddogdaddy says: Dec 23, 2012 8:27 PM

    It looks as if the Colts are going to play the Ravens in the first round in the playoffs. It makes you wonder how the fans will react to the return of Chuck Pagano. Will there be a bit of respect shown or will it be the normal hatered? I am guessing the latter as it is Baltimore for Gods sake.

  8. southpaw2k says: Dec 23, 2012 8:38 PM

    ddogdaddy says:
    Dec 23, 2012 8:27 PM
    It looks as if the Colts are going to play the Ravens in the first round in the playoffs. It makes you wonder how the fans will react to the return of Chuck Pagano. Will there be a bit of respect shown or will it be the normal hatered? I am guessing the latter as it is Baltimore for Gods sake.

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    The fans and players here LOVE Chuck Pagano, so they will most certainly not boo him if the Colts have to come to Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs. In fact, he will more than likely be welcomed with 70,000 people cheering him when his name is announced, and plenty of Ravens defensive players will greet him with hugs and handshakes. It might be a little bittersweet having him on the other side of the sidelines, but they love him for sure.

  9. ddogdaddy says: Dec 23, 2012 9:04 PM

    @southpaw2k

    I will be stunned if what you say proves to be true. With the long standing hate for Indianapolis it seems a bit far fetched to believe that even Coach P coming back to town will make this the “lovefest” you describe. I will say I have been very impressed with the respect and kindness shown by many of his ex players and fans when he was first diagnosed. I guess we will know soon enough.

  10. brentsingleton1978 says: Dec 23, 2012 10:25 PM

    kattykathy says:
    Dec 23, 2012 8:00 PM
    The Texans will ruin his return next week. Sorry Chuck, but Houston is not going to let home field throughout slip away

    You do know the Texans have never won a game in Indy right I’m sure that will still be the case after next week

  11. cmgww says: Dec 23, 2012 11:53 PM

    Exactly. Houston didn’t exactly blow out Indy in Houston, the Colts gift wrapped you 2 TDs…And with Pagano back on the sidelines, Lucas Oil Stadium will be insane. And the Colts have played better at home all season. Sorry Houston, you are running into a buzzsaw next week. And leaving with a loss.

  12. lawyermalloy says: Dec 24, 2012 8:31 AM

    I hope they don’t make any drastic changes when Chuck gets back. Arians has done a masterful job in the interim

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