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John Fox hopes to coach Broncos before end of season

Denver Broncos coach John Fox said late last week that he would gain clearance to return to the sideline "when the time is right."

Eight days after undergoing successful aortic heart valve replacement surgery, Fox said that his "goal and dream" is to take the coaching reins back "before the conclusion of the season."

That's more of an expression of hope than a strict timetable.

"I'm very, very healthy," Fox emphasized Tuesday. "The normal length (of hospitalization) for open-heart surgery is five-to-seven days. I was out in four."

In touch with Broncos headquarters at Dove Valley "on a daily basis," Fox believes the surgery will not require any lifestyle changes once he's fully recovered.

We wouldn't expect to know for a few weeks whether it will be Fox or defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio coaching the Broncos as they prepare for a playoff run in January.

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