(DENVER) — Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will undergo heart surgery after he felt light-headed while playing golf in Charlotte, the team said Saturday night.
The 58-year-old Fox was taken to a local hospital where it was determined he would need to have surgery to replace an aortic heart valve.
Fox was hoping to have the surgery during the off-season after becoming aware of the ailment earlier in the year. He visited his cardiologist in North Carolina, who informed him to seek immediate medical attention if he felt any symptoms.
“I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today,” Fox said in a statement. “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. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals.
Fox is expected to be away from the team for several weeks while he recovers.
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Jill Martin, CNN