DENVER — Denver Broncos coach John Fox needs heart surgery and will miss several weeks, team spokesman Patrick Smyth confirmed Saturday night.
The 58-year-old Fox will undergo aortic valve replacement surgery early next week at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
The Broncos did not immediately name an interim head coach.
Fox had been told earlier about his heart condition and was hoping to put off the operation until February. As part of his trip to North Carolina over the Broncos’ bye week, he met with his cardiologist and was told to seek medical attention immediately if he felt any discomfort.
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On Saturday, Fox became dizzy playing golf near his offseason home and was taken to a hospital, where tests revealed he couldn’t wait any longer to have the surgery.
Although it hasn’t been determined who will serve as interim head coach during Fox’s absence, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is a logical choice because he spent nine seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach before joining Fox’s staff last season.
• The NFL Players Association is looking into Jonathan Martin’s situation in Miami, but has not launched an investigation into possible harassment of the offensive tackle by his teammates.
Martin left the Dolphins on Monday to receive help for emotional issues, and it’s unclear whether he’s expected back. The Dolphins are off this weekend.
Martin reportedly left the Dolphins because of the way teammates were treating him, with guard Richie Incognito cited in one report.
• Charlotte has activated running back Jonathan Stewart, who played at Timberline High School in Lacey, from the physically unable to perform list.