Broncos Coach Fox Returning to Team Dec. 2 After Heart Surgery

Denver Broncos coach John Fox will return to the National Football League team on Dec. 2, a month after undergoing heart surgery.

Fox, 58, was cleared by doctors to resume coaching after taking a leave of absence to have an aortic heart valve replacement, according to the National Football League franchise.

“Our organization is confident that his health will allow him to meet his head-coaching responsibilities,” the Broncos said in a statement on their website. “While no formal restrictions will be placed on his workload upon return, he will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as his well-being remains our No. 1 priority.”

Fox was in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the Broncos on their bye week when he started to feel light-headed during a Nov. 3 golf outing.

Doctors told Fox months ago that his defective aortic value would require surgery after the 2013 season, the team said.

With defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio serving as interim coach during Fox’s absence, the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 10 and Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 17 before losing to the New England Patriots on Nov. 24.

At 9-2, Denver is tied with New Orleans and Kansas City for the NFL’s second-best record this season. Seattle tops the league with a 10-1 mark. The Broncos play at Kansas City on Dec. 1.

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