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Colts' Pagano makes grand entrance in return from cancer treatment

CBSSports.com wire reports

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano received a warm welcome in his return to the sideline Sunday.

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With drums playing and the Colts' cheerleaders lining up on both sides of an inflatable horse, Pagano walked to his usual spot on the sideline, put on his headphones and hugged his assistants. It was his first appearance on the sideline since he began treatment for leukemia Sept. 26.

Some fans brought signs to show their support for Pagano, and the team welcomed him back with a 1-minute video just before kickoff. Afterward, an emotional Pagano waved to the crowd.

During pregame warmups, Pagano hugged his wife and was followed by a large group of cameras. He shook hands with Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and chatted with Colts GM Ryan Grigson.

The Colts' first possession with Pagano on the sideline since September ended with a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to fellow rookie Coby Fleener, giving Indianapolis a 7-0 lead against Houston.

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