GREEN BAY, Wis. This is not a normal week of practice for the Indianapolis Colts, and interim head coach Bruce Arians isn't trying to pretend that it is.
As the Colts prepare to host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, they are doing so without first-year head coach Chuck Pagano. Earlier this week, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, and he may be hospitalized for up to two months as he undergoes treatment.
"I don't consider myself the head coach," Arians said in a Wednesday conference call. "I've just expanded my coordinator role and leadership role within the organization until Chuck comes back."
Colts owner Jim Irsay has stated that he does not expect Pagano, 52, to return this season in a full-time coaching capacity. As the team adjusts to its head coach being away under such difficult circumstances, Arians hopes that the players and coaches can at least achieve a relatively smooth transition.
"It's going to take time," Arians said. "What we do is find that safe haven that's c...