Pagano sends his best to Montori Hughes after the death of his child

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Colts defensive tackle Montori Hughes. (Courtesy: Indianapolis Colts)

INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Pagano’s daily injury update on Thursday included a report on a player and his absence he hoped to never read.

“I want to tell you guys before you read about it, or see it or hear it on Twitter,” said Pagano regarding the status of defensive tackle Montori Hughes, who wasn’t with the team for the past week.

It was then that the Colts coach announced that his absence was due to the death of his three-month-old daughter Maveah after a sudden illness.

“I can’t imagine. No parent should have to bury a child, and we all go through circumstances. This is obviously an extremely, extremely difficult time for Montori and his family,” said Pagano on Thursday of Hughes.

Pagano also mentioned that Hughes and his wife, LeAnn, brought Maveah to one of the team’s practices in Anderson during training camp. A photo that was taken during training camp shows Hughes with his daughter meeting Colts owner Jim Irsay along with quarterback Andrew Luck.

“We’ve got his back and we’ll get through this thing as a family like we get through anything,” said Pagano of Hughes. “I just ask you guys, like along with us, just to keep Montori and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”