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Broncos: John Fox says he will return to Broncos

Published: November 12, 2013, 3:39 pm, by Paul Klee

First, the good news.

“Oh, yeah. I don’t think there’s any question (he will return to the Broncos this season),” Broncos coach John Fox said today. “My goal and dream is to be there before the conclusion of this season.”

Second, more good news.

“My doctors are pleased that I’m improving each day,” he added.

Actually, it was all good news as Fox spoke on a conference call with Denver media a few minutes ago. He’s in North Carolina, recovering from heart surgery, and said the prognosis is a positive one.

Here’s what else the coach said:

—He watched the Broncos’ 28-20 win at San Diego. Most of it, anyway.

“I’ve got to admit there were parts of it I had to quit watching,” Fox said. “All in all, it was much like a bye week. The unusual part is our team was still playing.”

Fox said the hit on Peyton Manning, when the quarterback appeared to be injured, “could have been one of” the moments he turned away. You and the rest of Colorado, coach.

—Fox said he isn’t certain when he will return to the Broncos: “I don’t really like putting timelines on it.”

“With heart surgery, they basically hit you with a truck pretty fast,” he added. “So you have to heal.”

—Fox confirmed he contacted the NFL office about Corey Liuget’s hit on Manning that aggravated the quarterback’s ankle injury. Liuget was not fined for the hit, according to reports.

—Fox downplayed the stresses of coaching as something that triggered his heart issues. He suggested this was more of a genetic issue.

“Our military is one thing that I don’t think coaching compares to,” he said.

—Fox has been in contact with his Broncos staff, including interim coach Jack Del Rio.

“I’ve got a pretty good team of people there that I keep in touch with on a daily basis,” he said.

—Fox thanked everyone, a couple times, for their well-wishes in his recovery.

“I’m very, very healthy. The normal length of (hospitalization for) open-heart surgery is 5-7 days. I was out in four,” Fox said. “This isn’t due to poor lifestyle, not being healthy, too much stress, not enough stress. This is basically something I was born with that I needed to fix. It speaks to my recovery what great shape I’m in.”

So, all in all, good news from the Broncos coach.

And that’s great news for everyone.

Here’s hoping John Fox is coaching — and fishing — again as soon as possible.

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