Chuck Pagano visits with Indianapolis Colts coaches and staff

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano made it back to the team complex for a short staff meeting Monday.

It's the first time Pagano has been back since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.

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Interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he listened to the discussion after doctors cleared Pagano, whose white blood-cell count has increased as he has undergone treatment for the illness. He's scheduled to start a second round of chemotherapy next week.

Arians told reporters last week he didn't expect Pagano back at the team facility for a while because doctors wanted to keep him in a sterile environment where he would not risk infection.

"It was a shock to a lot of guys, and everybody was excited he was here," Arians said.

Arians said the surprise visit gave the team a boost, and he noted Pagano went home when he became tired.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.