Fox sent home with flu-like symptoms

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, who had a four-week leave of absence earlier this season following open-heart surgery, was sent home by the team’s medical staff Monday after experiencing what Fox called “flu-like’’ symptoms.

Fox had arrived at the team’s complex at his usual time early Monday morning following the Broncos' 37-13 victory in Houston Sunday afternoon, but was not feeling well, telling the team’s head trainer Steve Antonopulos he was experiencing nausea. Antonopulos quickly sent Fox home and Fox did his usual day-after-game media session by conference call.

“Just got a little bug, didn’t want to infect everybody,’’ Fox said. “Just to make sure I don’t infect everybody moving forward as we get ready for Oakland.’’

Fox then added:

“Came in this morning and (Antonopulos) didn’t mess around. I tried to blame it on our team dietician for a bad shrimp sandwich, but I think I’ve got some flu-like symptoms. I’m starting to feel better, even right now.’’

Fox is expected to be back on Tuesday and through the rest of the week as the Broncos prepare for the regular-season finale Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. If the Broncos win the game they will have homefield advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Fox missed four games earlier this season after having his aortic valve replaced. He returned to the team in the days leading up to the Dec. 8 game against the Tennessee Titans.