Late Monday afternoon Colts Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was released from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and headed back to Indianapolis according to a report from Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
Arians spent most of Monday at the Baltimore hospital and was to remain there until his blood pressure lowered so the release is good news.
At the time of Chuck Pagano’s season-ending news conference, the Colts head coach shared an optimistic outlook, “All the tests, like I said last night, every test that they ran on Bruce, and obviously they put him through a battery of tests, A to Z as they would do any of us, all have been negative. So he’s doing well.”
Team owner Jim Irsay posted the following update about Arians on his Twitter page:
“Think we can get B A home tonight…diagnosis still unofficial but he’s feeling better! Good news!”
Arians was transported to the hospital Sunday, missing the playoff game against the Ravens. It was reported Arians felt dizzy prior to being taken to an area hospital.
Once Arians fully recovers, he is expected to have a busy week talking with NFL teams with head coaching vacancies. The Bears, Chargers, Browns, and Eagles have all be linked in reports to having interest and/or requesting permission to speak with Arians.
While the Colts clearly want what is best for Arians, they also selfishly hope he stays in Indianapolis as offensive coordinator.
“We do not want to lose Bruce Arians. We do not want to lose Bruce. He is so valuable to this organization and what he means to this organization and what he’s done. You want the best for Bruce. I want the best for Bruce. I want the best for his family. I want him to achieve and reach any goals that he has for himself throughout his coaching years, things like that. It’s a hard spot but again we will cross that bridge when we come to it. Again, people are going to go after good people and this is just a byproduct of the success that we’ve had here,” said Pagano.
After praising the job Arians did this season, quarterback Andrew Luck admitted, he will be a close follower of the developments over the next week or two.
“I definitely will pay a very close eye to it. Obviously, I want him back. You understand, ‘Who wouldn’t want a crack at a head job in the NFL?’ Selfishly, I hope he doesn’t go anywhere.”
Arians became interim head coach of the Colts following Pagano’s cancer diagnosis. He went 9-3 in 12 games and is considered one of the leading candidates for the NFL’s Coach of the Year Award.