Colts hoping to get Chuck Pagano back by Christmas Eve

The Indianapolis Colts are hoping that head coach Chuck Pagano can return to work on Christmas Eve to prepare for the Texans.

“(It’s) still up in the air,” interim coach Bruce Arians. “Later this week, hopefully, we’ll be able to know something for sure.

“(He) feels great. Looks good. (Blood) counts were good. We’ve got our fingers crossed.”

Arians believes it would be perfect if Pagano could return next week.

“The perfect timing would be (for Pagano to) come in Christmas Eve,” Arians said. “It would be a great Christmas present for all of us.

“That’s what our goal is. Hopefully he can start Monday.”

Getting Pagano back will give the Colts a big lift heading into the playoffs.