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John Fox returns Monday to head-coaching role with Broncos

10:57 PM, Dec 1, 2013   |    comments
Oct 27, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox watches from the sidelines during the game against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - With a 3-1 record added to his head coach resume, Jack Del Rio gets back to running just the Denver Broncos' defense Monday when head coach John Fox returns.

Fox is scheduled to be back coaching the team after recovering from his Nov. 4 open heart surgery.

For his efforts the past four games, including Sunday's 35-28 win at Kansas City, Del Rio received the game ball from Broncos executive vice president John Elway.

"It was special to have John Elway recognize the things I did, but I basically want to say that is just a representation of what we all did," Del Rio said Sunday. "It wasn't about me. It was a collective effort of all the players, coaches, trainers, equipment guys that had to pull together in Coach Fox's absence."

Fox has been talking with the players and coaches nearly every day since getting out of the Charlotte, N.C., hospital on Nov. 8. He flew back to Denver on Wednesday and stopped by Dove Valley on Thanksgiving to talk with the players.

"You never expect your head coach not to be with you the entire time, but Coach Del Rio has done a great job keeping us together," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "It was a pretty tough four-game stretch he had to endure and the team responded. But we are certainly glad to have Coach Fox back."

Sunday, Fox went to the hospital to visit with defensive end Derek Wolfe, who fell ill Friday on the Broncos' drive to the airport. Del Rio said Sunday Wolfe "looks like he's going to be OK."

Fox has a news conference scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Monday.

"We've been anxious to get him back," Champ Bailey said. "We hate that he had to go through what he had to go through, but he's in good health and I'll be happy to see him [Monday].

"[Del Rio] did great. There were moments where things could have gotten bad, and he made sure that didn't happen."


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