Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will undergo an aortic heart valve replacement next week and will rest from coaching duties for at least the next several weeks.
Fox was aware of his heart condition but was hoping to complete the 2013 season before undergoing surgery.
He was been taken to a hospital near his offseason home in the Charlotte, N.C., area Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf with a group of friends and family.
The coach did not suffer a heart attack but results of a battery of tests revealed the need for immediate surgery.
“Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand that it’s the right thing to do,” said Fox.
“I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible.”
The team has yet to announce an interim head coach in Fox’s absence.
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio are expected to have added duties.
The Broncos (7-1), who are on their bye this week, will play their next game Nov. 10, against the San Diego Chargers.
Fox is in his third season as Denver’s coach after a nine-year stint with the Carolina Panthers.