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Fox Says He Thinks He’ll Be Back Before The Season Ends

Just a week after open heart surgery, coach John Fox is already breaking down game video and said Tuesday that he still hopes to rejoin the team before the end of the season, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

“My goal and dream is obviously to be there before the conclusion of this season,” Fox said during a conference call.

“I feel good,” Fox said, as he thanked people for all of the well-wishes and help he had received the past 10 days, including ” … all the fans out there, obviously the Broncos organization to allow me this time to get my health back, and the process is going very well … and first and foremost my wife, Robin.”

Fox experienced dizziness and light-headedness during a round of golf Nov. 2 in Charlotte, N.C., during the Broncos’ bye week. He was taken to a hospital, and underwent surgery two days later to replace his aortic valve. He continues to recover at his home in Charlotte.

Doctors have said recovery time varies from patient to patient, and it is possible Fox could miss the remainder of the regular season. But he affirmed Tuesday his recovery is going well, and that he hopes to re-join the team as quickly as doctors will allow it.

Fox also said he will return to Denver when he is allowed to travel by air and finish out his recovery.

“I can just tell you I’m working very hard to get better and my doctors are pleased I’ve improved every day,” Fox said. “Things are going great and they like where I’m at right now.”

Fox said he has known aortic valve surgery was a possibility since having the issue first diagnosed in 1997, when he was the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator. The valve, Fox said, normally has three flaps that control blood flow to the body, but Fox’s old aortic valve had just two.

He had it monitored since and said cardiologists told him last season he would need surgery following the 2013 season.

“[It] was progressively getting worse a year ago; they thought it would last another year,” Fox said.


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