According to reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox is expected to have heart valve surgery this week that could keep him out for two months.
This is one of the more bizarre bye week stories you’ll ever read, but it’s important to note that Fox is in good spirits and says he is doing “fine,” and apparently has known about this situation. According to ESPN’s report, Fox was hoping to be able to avoid the surgery until the offseason, but he got light-headed playing golf in North Carolina while taking some time off this weekend, and was almost immediately admitted to the hospital.
The Broncos released a statement on coach Fox:
“Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital after feeling light-headed while playing golf on Saturday,” the Broncos’ statement said. “He is being held at the hospital for testing and further observation. Our medical staff is currently in contact with Coach Fox, his family and the doctors who are treating him.
“Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
Like I said before, this is just a bizarre story and you can simply hope and pray for the best for coach Fox. We are such consumers of the game you sometimes forget that these guys in charge and out there on the field are also struggling with the same things that normal people struggle with, and coach Fox apparently has had a health concern that no one has really known about.
The initial reports were that Fox had heart attack like symptoms, but that was later confirmed to be a false belief by Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to coach Fox as he goes through with this surgery and the subsequent recovery.