Doctor: Colts coach Pagano's leukemia in remission

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The doctor of Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano says his leukemia is in remission.

Dr. Larry Cripe told The Associated Press on Monday that Pagano's white blood cell count was normal and his bone marrow showed no indication of the disease.

Earlier Monday, interim coach Bruce Arians said the Colts (5-3) hoped to have Pagano back on the sideline for their regular-season finale Dec. 30. Pagano spoke to his players before and after Sunday's 23-20 victory over Miami.

Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia Sept. 26 and remained hospitalized until Oct. 21 as doctors treated him with chemotherapy. He has been resting at home since then.

Sunday marked the first time he was allowed to return to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Pagano will go through a second round of chemotherapy soon because some cancerous cells may remain in his body.

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