One thing was more important then a win for the Colts, finding out that Head Coach Chuck Pagano was able to watch the victory from home. After securing a 17-13 victory over Cleveland on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium Colts owner Jim Irsay informed the team that Pagano had been released from the hospital.
"I'm thrilled to hear that, I'm more thrilled about that then the win," said rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
"I know he was fired up. In that living room or where ever he was watching that game probably throwing things. But, you know what he is a fighter and we fought today and we will continue fighting and he (Pagano) will too," said linebacker Dwight Freeney.
Pagano is on an indefinite leave of absence after getting diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia three weeks ago. It's a cancer of the bone marrow that prevents the marrow from producing healthy red blood cells.
Pagano hasn't coached a game since the Colts week three loss to Jacksonville but he remains a big part of the atmosphere at Lucas Oil Stadium. The #ChuckStrong campaign has taken off with thousands of fans buying shirts and wristbands to support Pagano in his fight against Leukemia.
Returning home is a step in the right directon for Pagano but his road to recovery is far from over. Pagano's treatment plan was expected to take four to six weeks from its start on September 26 and that doesn't include his recovery time.
"We know what is important, rest is important. Whenever the time allows for him to come and see us we ready to see him but until then we want him to get the proper rest and do the things he is supposed to do and we will be on west 56th street when needed, " said Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
For now, Pagano will have to continue using the phone and email to stay in touch with his team and the Colts will do their best to keep winning for their coach. The Colts look to get above the .500 mark on October 28 at Tennessee.