Pagano progresses Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made it back to the team complex for a short staff meeting Monday.
It’s the first time Pagano has been back since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.
Interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Pagano listened to the discussion after doctors cleared him. Pagano’s white blood-cell count has increased as he has undergone treatment for the illness. He’s scheduled to start a second round of chemotherapy next week.
Arians told reporters last week he didn’t expect Pagano back at the team facility for a while because doctors wanted to keep him in a sterile environment where he would not risk infection.
Arians said the surprise visit gave the team a boost and noted Pagano went home when he became tired.
The NFL moved its trade deadline back two days to Thursday because of potential complications from Hurricane Sandy. All 32 teams were notified Monday that the league’s offices would be closed through Tuesday because of the storm. So the deadline now is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, when waivers for vested veterans also begin. This is the second time the trade deadline has been moved this year. After negotiations with the players’ union, the deadline was switched from after games of Week 6 to Oct. 30, after games of Week 8 . . . The hurricane forced five teams to limit access to their facilities. The Ravens, Jets, Giants, Eagles, and Redskins told players and non-football personnel to stay away from team facilities.