Tony Dungy returns to coach Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy rejoined his team Thursday, a week after his oldest son's death of an apparent suicide.
Dungy is expected to be on the sidelines Sunday when the 13-2 Colts host Arizona in the regular season finale.
Dungy met briefly with players and coaches Thursday and thanked them for their support since his 18-year-old son, James, was found unresponsive in his Tampa-area apartment Dec. 22. He was pronounced dead at University Community Hospital.
Tony Dungy took the team plane from Indianapolis to Tampa, Fla., where he had coached the Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001. James Dungy's funeral was Tuesday, but his father had not said when he would return to the Colts.
"It was good to see him back," said Colts offensive guard/tackle Jake Scott. "I think it's probably good for him. It's kind of back to normal, having him here out there to run the scout teams, organizing practice and the walkthroughs."
Dungy was scheduled to direct Thursday afternoon's practice.
Assistant head coach Jim Caldwell had filled in for Dungy and coached the team during last week's 26-17 home loss against San Diego.
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