The Denver Broncos return from their bye week without head coach John Fox, who was rushed to the hospital last Saturday after experiencing heart attack symptoms. He underwent open heart-surgery (a procedure he was originally planning to postpone until after the season) earlier this week, and now he's on the road to recovery.

Fox was released from the hospital Friday, according the interim coach Jack Del Rio. The head coach released the below statement following the surgery:

My recovery is progressing well—I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right. Although I'm eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff.

Although he's in good spirits, Fox won't be back coaching for about 10 week as he's still recovering. However, Fox will constantly talk to Del Rio in regards to the team's progress. With Peyton Manning playing as well as he has this season, he shouldn't have that much to worry about. Best wishes for his speedy recovery.

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[via ESPN]