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Colts not expected to fire Pagano during bye week

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s job is not safe, although reports indicate there is no imminent danger he will be fired by general manager Ryan Grigson.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Tuesday that Pagano is unlikely to be fired this week after the Colts lost a second consecutive game to drop to 3-4 at the bye week.

Pagano is in the final year of his contract after turning down a contract extension offer, and tensions are high in Indianpolis. Reports surfaced in the offseason that Grigson, a first-time general manager, and Pagano were not on great terms.

Irsay and Grisgson reportedly head a “heated exchange” in the locker room on Sunday, further indications of a possible fracture in the franchise’s hierarchy.

Pagano fell on the sword for a failed fake punt in Week 6 when the Colts lost to the Patriots and the New Orleans Saints manhandled Indianapolis for the first two-and-a-half quarters Sunday.


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