FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011, file photo, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano speak during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. The Indianapolis Colts hired Pagano as their new head coach on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. The team said Pagano will be introduced at a news conference on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is thanking interim coach Bruce Arians for taking over and doing a "masterful" job in leading the team to the NFL playoffs.
Pagano was back coaching the Colts on Monday, making his return the day after rookie Andrew Luck helped the team beat Kansas City and clinch a spot in the postseason.
Pagano was on indefinite leave to battle leukemia since Oct. 1. The day he left, he had asked Arians to step in and take over.
Pagano said at Colts headquarters Monday: "You carried the torch and all you went out and did was win ballgames."
He adds Arians "did it with dignity" and "class."