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REPORT: Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano Diagnosed With Leukemia

August 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Indianapolis Colts will be without their head coach for their upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers and likely many more. It is being reported this morning that Chuck Pagano will miss several games with what is being called a ‘serious’ illness.

Per ESPN, Pagano’s illness is leukemia. The Colts will hold a press conference this morning to deliver more information on Pagano’s situation. During the press conference, the team will introduce Pagano’s doctor and provide more specifics on the situation.

The Colts head coach underwent blood tests during the team’s bye week after feeling unusual fatigue. With Pagano out for at least a few weeks, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will take over as the team’s interim head coach.

A team source told the Indy Star that they are “very optimistic about his recovery.” Pagano is expected to need treatment for 4 to 6 weeks.

Pagano is 52 years old and has been in the coaching game since 1984 when he was a graduate assistant with USC. He was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens before he took over as the Colts head coach this season and has a current record of 1-2 with one of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks.

This is certainly not the news you want when your team is coming out of a bye week and headed into a big game but the obvious focus and concern for the team needs to be Pagano’s health. Hopefully he will make a full and speedy recovery and be able to grace the NFL sidelines in a few weeks.

Colts owner Jim Irsay just sent out a tweet about the situation:

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/JimIrsay/status/252763379737968641"]

Topics: Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts

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