Denver coach John Fox remained hospitalized Sunday as he awaits aortic value replacement surgery in North Carolina.
Fox spoke with Broncos executive vice president John Elway by phone Sunday to discuss logistics during his absence, including who will serve as interim head coach.
All signs point to defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio being that man, although team spokesman Patrick Smyth said that as of Sunday afternoon no decision had been made.
Del Rio served as Jacksonville’s coach for nine seasons before joining Fox’s staff last year.
Fox also spoke with his captains, including Peyton Manning and Wesley Woodyard.
The players and coaches return from their bye week Monday with team meetings scheduled for 8 a.m., although special teams players meet earlier in the morning.
Their next game is Sunday at San Diego.
The 58-year-old Fox will have surgery in a few days and will miss several weeks while recuperating.
Fox had been told earlier about his heart condition and was hoping to put off the operation until February. As part of his trip to North Carolina over the Broncos’ bye week, he met with his cardiologist in Raleigh and was told to seek medical attention immediately if he felt any discomfort.
On Saturday, Fox became dizzy playing golf near his offseason home in Charlotte and was taken to a hospital, where tests revealed he couldn’t wait any longer to have the surgery.
Houston coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field at halftime of the Texans’ game Sunday night against Indianapolis and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24-yard line and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was lifted off the field on a stretcher and taken by cart to the ambulance.
NBC reported on its game broadcast that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Kubiak was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures.
Big Ben hits milestone
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw his 200th touchdown pass. Roethlisberger is the second quarterback in Steelers history to reach the milestone. Terry Bradshaw is the other. He threw for 212 TDs from 1970-83.
Roethlisberger reached No. 200 when he found Antonio Brown in the end zone in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Roethlisberger connected with Jerricho Cotchery in the third quarter for his 201st career TD pass.
New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles left Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with a concussion. New York also lost a key player on offense when wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was knocked out of the game with an elbow injury in the second quarter. … Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden left the game against Philadelphia early in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. … Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Robert Woods hurt a bone in his left leg during a 23-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.