Broncos coach John Fox was enjoying the bye week on a Charlotte area golf course when he started to feel ill and was taken to the hospital.
ESPN reported he had chest pains, and it was a suspected heart attack. A little while later, the team confirmed to NFL.com that it was not a heart attack.
Per a Broncos spokesman, it's been determined John Fox didn't have a heart attack. Felt lightheaded on the golf course, was hospitalized.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 2, 2013
The reports said that the team believes Fox will be OK. The Denver Post said he is undergoing additional tests. Here is the update from the Broncos PR chief, Patrick Smyth:
Talked to Coach Fox a few minutes ago. Did not have a heart attack. Is in good spirits and undergoing additional testing at hospital.
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) November 2, 2013
This was the statement released by the team on Saturday:
“Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital after feeling light-headed while playing golf on Saturday.
“He is being held at the hospital for testing and further observation. Our medical staff is currently in contact with Coach Fox, his family and the doctors who are treating him.
“Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
Here were the original reports from ESPN:
Broncos coach John Fox was taken to Charlotte area hospital from golf course when he complained of chest pains. Broncos believe he is ok.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 2, 2013
Broncos believe that even with HC John Fox suffering a suspected heart attack, he should be OK.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2013
The 58-year-old coach will certainly be monitored closely going forward. Even if he is OK, as the team believes, Fox will have to weigh his overall health and any possible risk before returning to the long and difficult weeks a NFL coach puts in during the season.
The Broncos are 7-1 and one of the favorites in the AFC. The players and staff went from enjoying the bye to having concern over the health of their head coach.
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