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Colt's coach Pagano diagnosed with "serious" illness


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per Rotoworld.com:

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with a "serious" illness and will miss at least the next few games.

Pagano, 52, had been feeling unusual fatigue recently and went for blood tests. An Indy Star source called the illness serious, but was optimistic about a full recovery. More details on the first-year head coach are expected at a Monday press conference. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will take over as the Colts' head coach.

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Indianapolis Colts first-year head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia, according to sources.

The sources said Pagano waited until the Colts' bye week last week to be checked out after experiencing extreme fatigue and bruising, starting in training camp.

Pagano believed he was experiencing football fatigue, but a blood test early last week revealed the diagnosis of leukemia.

Pagano has been in lock down in an intensive care unit of an Indianapolis-are hospital since last Wednesday, where he has been receiving treatment.

The sources said Pagano will be out a minimum of six weeks, but that he plans to return as coach.

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will serve as the interim coach in Pagano's absence.

Colts owner Jim Irsay addressed Pagano's situation in a tweet Monday morning, asking NFL fans to keep the coach in their thoughts.

He wrote: "Colts n all NFL Fans..keep Coach Chuck n his family in your prayers..He is fighting with courageous energy n faith and WILL win this battle!"

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