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October 2, 2012

Colts coach Pagano diagnosed with leukemia

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INDIANAPOLIS —

"I think short of death, this is the worst type of news you want to hear," Luck said. "We'll do everything we can in honor of what Coach Pagano is going through in honor of his fight, which is much more important than this kid's game we play."

Universally, the Colts insist Pagano will win this battle.

They just hope they can give him a special gift next week.

"I know in meeting with the team, in meeting with the coaches, there's nothing more than we want to get that Green Bay game ball and have a victory game ball and be able to walk that into the hospital and put that in his hands," Irsay said. "That's our goal."

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AP Sports Writers Howard Fendrich in Washington and Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.

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