Colts Coach Diagnosed with Leukemia – Arians To Take Over

Chuck Pagano in “Air Filtered” Protected Environment

Bad news for the Indianapolis Colts.   Head Coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and is now hospitalized.   According to Colts owner, Jim Irsay, Pagano will not be able to coach the remainder of this season.   Former Steeler offensive Chuck Pagano diagnosed with Leukemiacoordinator will take over as the interim Colts coach.

Here is an article from the Indianapolis Star that explains the situation..

Colts coach Chuck Pagano has leukemia, will likely miss several games

Colts owner Jim Irsay said at a news conference this morning that he’s optimistic about coach Chuck Pagano recovering from leukemia.

“It’s been a very difficult week,” Irsay said. “…I am optimistic. I feel with every fiber of my body — and I know Chuck feels the same way — that he can beat this thing.”


Irsay said it’s unlikely Pagano will be able to resume his job fully this season.


Larry Cripe, Pagano’s doctor, said the goal of the treatment is to cure the disease and have Pagano return to coaching. But, Cripe added, “The process is long and complicated.” Treatment can extend up to two years.

The Star first reported the illness and that Pagano would likely miss several games while being treated for acute promyelocytic leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society website, “early diagnosis and treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) … is important because patients with APL may develop serious blood-clotting or bleeding problems. … Treatment induces remission in 80 to 90 percent of patients.”

“The course we’re seeing is a typical course for someone with this disease,” Cripe said. “…There’s no doubt that for the next several weeks, day to day, he’s at risk of complications.”


Cripe said Pagano is “in a protected environment” at the hospital where the air is filtered.


Pagano had been feeling unusual fatigue in recent weeks and got blood tests during the bye week.


During Pagano’s absence, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will take over as the team’s head coach.


Pagano, who will turn 52 on Tuesday, has been an assistant coach for several college and NFL teams, and most recently was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. He is 1-2 as the Colts first-year head coach.


Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said, “The same fighting spirit Chuck has, and has instilled in this team, is the same spirit that’s going to carry him through this fight.”


Coach Pagano seemed to be heading the Colts in the right direction and we at the Pittsburgh Steeler Fans wish him the best – our prayers are with coach Pagano for a complete recovery.


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