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Former Panthers coach John Fox released from Charlotte hospital

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Former Carolina Panthers head coach, now Denver Broncos coach, John Fox has been released from a Charlotte hospital after falling ill over the weekend.

According to a statement, Fox was released from Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute on Friday morning.

Fox was hospitalized over the weekend after golfing at Quail Hollow Club in south Charlotte Saturday when he felt light-headed and became dizzy.

A spokesman for Fox's current team, the Denver Broncos, says Fox underwent aortic valve replacement surgery.  He is expected to miss as much as six weeks of coaching while he recovers.

"My recovery is progressing well — I am feeling better and getting stronger each day," Fox said on Friday. "I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right.      

Fox has acknowledged, in the past, that he needed the surgery, but had been planning to postpone it until February when the NFL season ended.

"Although I'm eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff," Fox said.

"While it's extremely difficult to be away from the team on Sunday in San Diego, I'll be cheering them on from home just like the many Broncos fans who have supported me throughout this process."

Fox was the coach of the Panthers from 2002-2010.

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