ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos got a surprise morning greeting from head coach John Fox Monday.
The team’s video staff arranged to have a video conference with Fox, who is at his Charlotte, N.C., home recovering from open heart surgery, for their regularly-scheduled team meeting. Fox was on the big screen in Broncos’ main meeting room and spent about 10 minutes taking questions from players and coaches.
Asked how long Fox spoke, Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio, said wth a smile: “Till we ran out of questions and he was done talking.’’
Del Rio added that several players had questions for Fox about how his recovery was going and his potential return.
“(About) how he was feeling and his rehab and he banged on his chest and said ‘I’m doing great,’ said he walked two miles (Monday), things like that,’’ Del Rio said. “Just to see his face beaming, so happy to be visiting with the guys. It was cool.’’
Fox experienced dizziness and lightheadedness during a round of golf in Charlotte during the Broncos bye week earlier this month. He had open heart surgery Nov. 4 to replace his aortic valve. Doctors have said his recovery could take up to 10 weeks, but that actual recovery time varies patient to patient.
Fox will be allowed to return to Denver at some point to finish out his rehab when doctors have cleared him for air travel. Fox speaks to Del Rio daily by phone and is sent a coaches’ copy of the game video following the Broncos’ games.
The Broncos are 2-0 with Del Rio as interim coach.