The Indianapolis Colts are playing for their coach, who is battling leukemia.
Welcome to Sunday!
The Indianapolis Colts are back from their bye, and they are minus their coach, Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia. The first-year head coach was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML, or APML) last week, and the news of his hospitalization broke on Monday. It is possible that Pagano will not coach again this season. In his place is interim head coach-offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
However, just because Pagano is not around doesn't mean he isn't involved.
There are reports that Pagano reviewed practice footage from an iPad while in the hospital, and, per Mike Chappell, Pagano sent an email to to the team from his treatment bed last week. That email was read to the players and assistant coaches at the Saturday team meeting by Arians who is a good friend of Pagano's and a cancer survivor himself.
The Colts face the Packers today at 1:00 pm ET.
Colts fans are encouraged to show support for Pagano, and other cancer patients, by wearing pink and orange all month. Pink is the color for supporting bread cancer awareness - October is breast cancer awareness month across the NFL - while orange is for leukemia awareness.
You can also purchase #ChuckStrong shirts at the Colts.com pro shop.