Harbaugh finds joy in Pagano's improving health

Harbaugh finds joy in Pagano's improving health
December 21, 2012, 1:30 pm
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Two nuggets of good news came Friday.

The pre-Columbian Mayan calendar that predicted the world would end didn’t come to fruition. And the Indianapolis Colts will get back coach Chuck Pagano on Monday.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was delighted for Pagano, who served as his secondary coach and defensive coordinator from 2008-11. Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this season. It's in remission.

"It’s great. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Chuck at all," Harbaugh said. "It’s great to see. I know he’s probably pretty fired up to get back and go to work. It’s a great thing. Congratulations to Chuck, Tina, the whole family. There’s no bigger fight to win than the one Chuck just won."

The Colts (9-5) can clinch a playoff berth with a win vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.  When Pagano left, they were 1-2, and Bruce Arians took over in the interim.

Quarterback Andrew Luck told the Indianapolis Star: "It will be great. I’m sure it will be emotional for a lot of people. But when it comes, and hopefully soon, it’ll be very nice to sort of have our head coach back.’’

The Colts could end up being a first-round playoff opponent for the Ravens.