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Fox will miss four-to-six weeks after heart valve procedure

Redskins Broncos Football AP

Broncos coach John Fox didn’t have chest pains or a suspected heart attack on Saturday.  He does, however, have a pre-existing heart valve defect that will require surgery.

Fox told Jay Glazer of FOX that the procedure will happen on Tuesday, and that Fox will miss four to six weeks.

The procedure had been planned for the 2014 offseason.  Coincidentally, Fox was in Charlotte during the bye week to meet with his surgeon regarding the operation.  He became light headed while golfing and was taken to a local hospital.

“It’s something I’ve known I needed to take care of for a while,” Fox told Glazer.  “It’s ironic this happened when I came to meet with the surgeon.  I was hoping to wait but it’s better to be smart about this.”

No decision has been made regarding the interim head coach during Fox’s absence.  Former Jaguars coach and current Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is the most obvious candidate.

We extend our best wishes to Coach Fox for a quick and complete recovery.

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59 Responses to “Fox will miss four-to-six weeks after heart valve procedure”
  1. toonloonboon says: Nov 3, 2013 12:09 AM

    thats ok. peyton manning is that team’s coach anyways.

  2. blacknole08 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:11 AM

    I hated the way the Panthers played the last few years under Fox but I wish you the best coach. Get well.

  3. thxelway says: Nov 3, 2013 12:11 AM

    Good luck with the procedure, and take it easy during the multi-week recovery.

    Del-Rio will hold the fort.

    Real life medical issues far outweigh silly football.

    Looking forward to your return in/around playoff time.

  4. nunezmc says: Nov 3, 2013 12:12 AM

    Best wishes to Coach Fox. Another obstacle for the Broncos to overcome to show their true grit. Bronco Up!

  5. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:16 AM

    Is peyton gonna be head coach now? Well he already is.

  6. epmckenna says: Nov 3, 2013 12:17 AM

    Broncos schedule is rough for that stretch. As long as they have Peyton Manning, they’ll be okay, but still, they face the Chiefs twice, Chargers twice, Pats, and Titans, and most of them on the round. It could have major bearing on the AFC playoff race.

  7. mikejr80 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:20 AM

    Get well Mr. Fox

  8. pfm4pres says: Nov 3, 2013 12:20 AM

    This is not good. Thoughts are with Fox during the procedure. #foxstrong

  9. francheyes says: Nov 3, 2013 12:22 AM

    To a healthy recovery. Good news is that you have an outstanding field general running your offense.

  10. logicalvoiceseys says: Nov 3, 2013 12:22 AM

    Get better soon Mr Fox.

  11. ilovefootball25 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:22 AM

    Speaking as someone with Heart Disease, perhaps the NFL will now devote an iota of time to heart-related maladies, which impact far more of its players and personnel than breast cancer.

  12. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 3, 2013 12:23 AM

    Foxy is one of the classier coaches you’ll find at any level of football. Wish him all the best.

  13. cojetsfan says: Nov 3, 2013 12:23 AM

    Prayers for a speedy recovery…that said, it doesn’t matter who is the interim head coach..the real head coach of the team is Peyton Manning!!

  14. godblessfootball says: Nov 3, 2013 12:24 AM

    Get well soon coach. Praying for you.

  15. redstar504 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:29 AM

    Jack is a fine coach they will be just fine

  16. dare5259 says: Nov 3, 2013 12:30 AM

    Best Wishes and God Bless, Coach Fox. It’s just football…your health is definitely first priority!

  17. raiderapologist says: Nov 3, 2013 12:33 AM

    Golf is stressful. Good luck, coach.

  18. seabronco says: Nov 3, 2013 12:38 AM

    Get well soon coach fox!

  19. 4thqtrsaint says: Nov 3, 2013 12:46 AM

    Best wishes, Coach! Class act. Much respect.

  20. remyje says: Nov 3, 2013 12:54 AM

    Just let Peyton coach and play quarterback

  21. clamnewton says: Nov 3, 2013 1:00 AM

    Still miss you in Charlotte, Foxy.

    I now pull for the Broncos, too, because of you.

    …When asked about missing considerable time due to his surgery, coach Fox replied,

    “It is what it is.”

    Get well soon, sir.

  22. zigsmart says: Nov 3, 2013 1:24 AM

    Get well soon coach!

  23. skoobyfl says: Nov 3, 2013 1:27 AM

    I wish him the best, always respected his work.

  24. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:34 AM

    Man, that’s too bad. But it could be so much worse. It’s good that he was able to get to a hospital so quickly.

  25. Lev says: Nov 3, 2013 1:38 AM

    From a Charlotte, NC native and Panther fan: Get well soon John!!!

  26. mrhammerhands says: Nov 3, 2013 1:46 AM

    So Peyton coaches the offense and Fox comes back to win the Superbowl.

  27. allday420ap says: Nov 3, 2013 1:49 AM

    Its pretty irrelevant to put a time frame on his return. Just get better in general, footballs a game.

  28. bmoreravens1012013 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:52 AM

    Damn….tough to hear to say the least. Get well soon foxy!

  29. jslawson66 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:08 AM

    God Bless Coach, from Niners fans

  30. onwisc0nsin says: Nov 3, 2013 1:13 AM

    Die Hard Packer and football fan: GOD Bless and take care of your health Coach,

  31. denverdougz says: Nov 3, 2013 1:21 AM

    Thoughts up to coach Fox. Get well soon!

  32. broncos97 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:32 AM

    Coach take care of yourself first for you and your family football is secondary

  33. brafootball says: Nov 3, 2013 1:38 AM

    Holy crap, that’s frightening.

    Hope he gets well soon.

    I suspect we’re going to see Manning in full Sheriff mode for the next month or so then.

  34. rationalthinker82 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:02 AM

    Crazy. Life is short and precious. Get well soon John.

  35. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 3, 2013 2:03 AM

    cheers to a full recovery.

    doing good things out there in Denver Foxy.

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 3, 2013 2:14 AM

    It’ll be stronger than it ever was when he comes back.

  37. seahawksbmx says: Nov 3, 2013 2:14 AM

    Scary stuff. Best wishes to Coach Fox.

  38. ukbronco says: Nov 3, 2013 3:12 AM

    If Del Rio steps in, hopefully he’ll make our team a little better on defence ready for playoffs. Get well soon coach

  39. ruthlssjag says: Nov 3, 2013 3:25 AM

    Best wishes to you, coach Fox!
    - Jag fan

  40. rohlo says: Nov 3, 2013 3:33 AM

    from a chargers fan, hope you get well soon coach fox and best wishes!! much respect all the way back from your days at san diego state and the san diego area! look forward to seeing you back on the sidelines when the broncos play our chargers!

  41. nzaz says: Nov 3, 2013 6:09 AM

    Best wishes for a complete recovery Coach Fox

  42. knn9413 says: Nov 3, 2013 6:42 AM

    As much as I hate the Broncos, life, friendship is over everything else.. Good luck , Coach Fox

  43. ak18346 says: Nov 3, 2013 6:43 AM

    thanks for the years and I wish you well

  44. jredshoes says: Nov 3, 2013 7:09 AM

    Having had heart surgery myself I wish you well. It kicks your butt at first but you’ll come back stronger. I may be a Chiefs fan and hate all things bronco but when it comes to this you’re part of the NFL family and you’ll be in our prayers. Hurry back

  45. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 3, 2013 7:26 AM

    First, my best wishes to John Fox for a speedy recovery. Working for several docs myself and having family members that had emergency procedures, you can’t always plan these things.

    Jack Del Rio is the “most obvious candidate?” Because he was a HC for a while or is it because the Denver Defense is the weakest unit on the team?

    He sucks. He needs to do his “day job” before putting on a HC headset. Forever.

  46. marylandchief says: Nov 3, 2013 7:40 AM

    Thank God he caught the early warning. With all the stress of a game, imagine if he had passed out on the sideline or, God forbid, had an event even more serious. It might have taken forever to get him out of the stadium and to a hospital. Even with all their medical equipment a stadium is not a cardiac ICU.

  47. dcpatfan says: Nov 3, 2013 7:48 AM

    Must’ve been brought on from the additional stress of finally having to play a team that’s above .500

  48. azjam says: Nov 3, 2013 8:03 AM

    No big deal, Manning runs the offense and Del Rio the defense.

  49. skito13 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:08 AM

    Life should be more important, this team will be fine as long as they keep Manning healthy.

  50. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Nov 3, 2013 8:19 AM

    Good luck and hope it goes smoothly, sir.

  51. timocracy13 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:30 AM

    Here’s hoping for a successful and speedy recovery. Regardless of whom he coaches for, John Fox seems like good people.

  52. gosfvr says: Nov 3, 2013 8:36 AM

    All the best coach. Get well soon.

  53. doctorart2013 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:43 AM

    Good luck to John Fox on a speedy recovery.

  54. hakunamangata says: Nov 3, 2013 8:51 AM

    Wow, get well soon coach.

  55. joeybahr says: Nov 3, 2013 9:08 AM

    Wow, there must be something to the theory of the Kansas City Chiefs having a lucky horseshoe lodged somewhere up their….umm backside.

    They’ve faced many backup quarterbacks and now next week a backup coach. Yes, they need to get by Buffalo first, but man the luck keeps turning their way.

  56. toybkshr says: Nov 3, 2013 9:38 AM

    Wish him the best & quick recovery.

    I have the same condition & will be goin down that rd myself someday.

  57. 2difshoe says: Nov 3, 2013 10:24 AM

    Best wishes for a quick and complete recovery !

    Bears fan

  58. catfish252 says: Nov 3, 2013 11:34 AM

    My thoughts and Prayers are with you Coach, you need to get back soon for the Super Bowl run.

  59. nyjetsfan08 says: Nov 3, 2013 11:47 PM

    For Denver fans, I’m sure they want Fox to take the whole season off. 1) Peyton was always the coach, but didn’t have full control. 2) Now that Peyton will have full control over coaching duties, he’ll go for the 2-minute drive in the playoffs, instead of taking a knee to go to overtime. I still can’t believe Fox made that decision. Unbelievable.

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