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Broncos coach Fox to return to Denver Wednesday

Published November 24, 2013 5:01 pm

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. • Just in time for Thanksgiving, Broncos coach John Fox will return Wednesday to Denver, according to a team source.

Fox has been on leave since undergoing heart valve replacement surgery Nov. 4 in Charlotte, N.C. He has been recovering at his offseason home in Charlotte, walking every day, watching game film and staying in communication with interim head coach Jack Del Rio.

Team owner Pat Bowlen will arrange to have his private plane pick up Fox and his wife Robin in Charlotte and fly him to Denver on Wednesday.

It has not been determined when Fox will return to coaching. The Broncos' medical team plans on monitoring his hours when returns.

Fox, 58, was suffering from a genetic aortic heart valve condition that he knew would eventually require surgery, but he was hoping to put it off until after this season. During the Broncos' bye week, Fox was golfing with friends and family at his home course in Charlotte when he began experiencing light-headedness.

He was taken to a hospital where after several tests, doctors determined valve replacement surgery could not be put off.

The Broncos were 7-1 before Fox's heart surgery and are 2-0 with Del Rio entering their game Sunday night against the New England Patriots.