DENVER — Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will undergo heart surgery early this week to undergo an aortic valve replacement, the team announced.
The surgery will require Fox to take at least several weeks off from coaching the team, which is on a bye this week before heading to San Diego on Nov. 10.
The organization was reportedly in negotiations with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to take over as head coach in Fox’s absence.
Fox was advised by doctors months ago that a defective aortic valve would require a replacement following the 2013 season, said team spokesman Patrick Smyth.
“On Saturday, Coach Fox began feeling light-headed while golfing with friends. He was taken to a hospital, where testing revealed he needed to have this procedure as soon as possible,” Smyth said.