FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Just in time for Thanksgiving, Broncos coach John Fox will return Wednesday to Denver, according to a team source.
Fox has been on leave since having heart valve-replacement surgery Nov. 4 in Charlotte, N.C. He has been recovering at his offseason home in Charlotte, walking every day, watching game film and staying in communication with interim head coach Jack Del Rio.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen will arrange to have his private plane pick up Fox and his wife Robin in Charlotte and fly them to Denver on Wednesday.
It hasn't been determined when Fox will return to coaching. The Broncos' medical team plans to monitor his hours when he returns.
Fox, 58, was suffering from a genetic aortic heart valve condition that he knew would eventually require surgery, but he was hoping to put it off until after this season.
During the Broncos' bye week, Fox was golfing with friends and family members at a course in Charlotte when he began feeling lightheaded. He was taken to a hospital, where, after several tests, doctors determined valve-replacement surgery couldn't be put off.
The Broncos were 7-1 before Fox's surgery. They were 2-0 with Del Rio in charge entering their game Sunday night against the New England Patriots.