John Fox hopes to return this season

Denver Broncos coach John Fox is holding out hope of returning this season after undergoing aortic valve surgery a week ago.

He's back to watching game tape.

"My goal and dream is obviously to be there before the conclusion of this season,'' Fox said in a conference call. "I feel good."

Fox had dizziness and felt light-headed during a round of golf in Charlotte, N.C. before having surgery two days later.

Fox isn't under a specific timetable to return.

"I can just tell you I'm working very hard to get better and my doctors are pleased I've improved every day,'' Fox said. "Things are going great and they like where I'm at right now. I'm very, very healthy.

"It wasn't due to lifestyle, not being healthy, too much stress. It's basically something I was born with. … This is really not a lifestyle problem."

What about the stress of the job?

"Sure, there's some pressure and stress involved in coaching, but I think a lot of people out there, in Denver, in the country, really around the globe have pressure-packed jobs," Fox said. "I think our military comes to mind as one of those I don't think coaching compares to. It wasn't the pressure of coaching or that kind of thing.''

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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