Broncos coach John Fox released from hospital

John Fox will stay in Charlotte for now. (USATSI)
John Fox will stay in Charlotte for now. (USATSI)

Almost a week after Broncos coach John Fox was hospitalized for dizziness and only a few days after he underwent heart surgery, the team announced Friday that Fox has been released from the hospital.

"I am grateful for the exceptional care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff during this past week at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte ..." Fox said in a statement. "The encouragement I’ve received from Robin and my family, friends, the Denver Broncos, fans and so many around the NFL has been incredible. I am truly thankful for every single thought and prayer that was directed my way.

“My recovery is progressing well -- I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right.

On Monday, Fox underwent a aortic heart valve replacement after he felt light-headed while playing golf last Saturday. Since he's out for an indefinite period of time, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has taken over as Denver's interim coach.

“Although I’m eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff," Fox said. "“While it’s extremely difficult to be away from the team on Sunday in San Diego, I’ll be cheering them on from home just like the many Broncos fans who have supported me throughout this process.”

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