The Denver Broncos have reached an agreement in principal with Jack Del Rio to serve as their interim head coach while John Fox recovers from heart surgery, the team announced Monday.
Fox, 58, will undergo aortic heart valve replacement surgery either Monday or Tuesday.
“I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today,” Fox said in a statement released by the team Saturday night. “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.
“I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible.”
The players will be reintroduced to Del Rio as their interim head coach during Monday’s full-squad meeting.
Del Rio has served as the Broncos defensive coordinator since the start of the 2012 season and had previous NFL head coaching experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Del Rio was 68-71 from 2003-2011 in Jacksonville.
The 7-1 Broncos trail the 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, but play them twice in the next several weeks.
Their next game is Nov. 10 against AFC West foe San Diego.