INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 20: John Fox the head coach of the Denver Broncos gives instructions to his team during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
KUSA - Broncos head coach John Fox is having a procedure this week on his aortic valve and and could miss between 4-6 weeks, ESPN reports.
Fox said he knew that he needed to take care of this issue "for a while" and was hoping to put it off until after the season. Now that doesn't seem to be a possibility.
Fox said in a statement: "I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today. Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition. I understand that it's the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals. I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible."
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio would be the most likely candidate to take over in Fox's absence. He spent nine years as a head coach in Jacksonville.
Fox was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after feeling light-headed while playing golf. ESPN initially reported Fox may have suffered a suspected heart attack.
Patrick Smyth, Executive Director of Media Relations for the Denver Broncos said Fox did not have a heart attack. Smyth said Fox, 58, is in good spirits and undergoing additional testing at a Charlotte area hospital. He will stay at the hospital overnight.
Fox is in his third year with the Broncos. Denver is currently on their bye week and will not play on Sunday. Their next scheduled game is November, 10 in San Diego.
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