Denver • Broncos coach John Fox was resting comfortably Saturday and walking around in a Charlotte, N.C., hospital after he experienced light-headedness and dizziness during a morning golf outing with family and friends.
"I am doing fine," Fox wrote in a text to the Broncos. "We are just running some tests and will know more in a few hours."
Doctors ruled out a heart attack. With the Broncos on a bye week, Fox, 58, was in Charlotte visiting with family who continue to live in the area and where he has an offseason home.
"Coach Fox is in our prayers right now," Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen said. "He’s our leader. We love him. If you know anything about him, you know he’ll be just fine."
According to team sources, Fox did not want to seek medical attention for his symptoms, but his golf partners insisted.
Fox’s availability for the upcoming week and for the Broncos’ next game, next Sunday at San Diego, is to be determined.
"Our medical staff is currently in contact with Coach Fox, his family and the doctors who are treating him," the Broncos said in a statement.
If doctors recommend that Fox should rest for a day or two before traveling back to Denver, it’s expected the Broncos would have their three coordinators — Jack Del Rio (defense), Adam Gase (offense) and Jeff Rodgers (special teams) — split Fox’s duties.
The Broncos’ special-team players are to report back to Dove Valley in time for a 7:20 a.m. meeting Monday, with the full squad to meet at 8:05 a.m.
The Broncos’ bye week came at the halfway point of the regular season with Fox leading them to a 7-1 record in this, his third season. He coached the Broncos to AFC West titles in each of his first two seasons.
Fox was head coach of the Carolina Panthers from 2002-2010. When his contract wasn’t renewed by Carolina, he was hired quickly by the Broncos. He has a 28-12 overall regular-season record since joining the Broncos and has brought them to the second round of the AFC playoffs in each of his first two seasons.Next Page >
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