Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is facing a 'serious illness.'
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Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with a "serious'' illness, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and will miss Sunday's game against Green Bay and likely several more games.
The illness is leukemia, according to ESPN.com, and considered "very treatable." The report said Pagano is in isolation at an Indianapolis hospital and will be hospitalized for about six weeks.
Pagano had been feeling unusual fatigue in recent weeks and got blood tests during the bye week.
The Colts will have a press conference this morning, at which time they will introduce Pagano's doctor and offer more specifics on his illness.
One top organization official acknowledged it's serious, but added "we're very optimistic about his recovery."During Pagano's absence, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will take over as the team's head coach.
"Colts n all NFL Fans..keep Coach Chuck n his family in your prayers..He is fighting with courageous energy n faith and WILL win this battle!" Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted.
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.