Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was released Sunday morning from an Indianapolis-area hospital. He is now undergoing treatment for leukemia from his home, and it is from that home that he enjoyed Sunday's 17-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Colts owner Jim Irsay informed the team in the locker room following the win that Pagano was home and that "all the numbers are pushing up in the right direction," likely referring to Pagano's blood cell count as he undergoes chemotherapy, and other treatments.
Interim head coach Bruce Arians informed media after the win that Pagano was back at his home.
"Great news, Coach Pagano celebrated this one at home. He was at the house, released. We’re really excited about that. That’s probably as big as the win today," said Arians. "He’s been released to his house. The treatments will go on from there. I’m sure he’s doing great right now. Hopefully, he didn’t get too dag-gone exhausted again coaching."
More than any victory, the news of Pagano back at his house, and no longer in a protective, hospital environment at the IU Simon Cancer Center, was the best news the team could receive on Sunday. It's unclear if Pagano will coach again in 2012, but that is now secondary to him making a full and complete recovery.
"It’s just icing on the cake when you know he’s going in the right direction, that his fight is hopefully nearing the end here in the near future," said General Manager Ryan Grigson. "We just have to get him well and get him back here at some point. It sure is a good feeling to know he is out of there and he’s getting ready to conquer this thing."
The Colts are 2-1 since Pagano's September 26th diagnosis, and currently sit at 3-3 and in second place in the AFC South.