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Andrew Luck, Colts shave their heads for Chuck Pagano

Fans and players are offering their support for Chuck Pagano. (Darron Cummings / AP)

And you thought the Chuck Pagano story couldn’t be much more moving.

The Indianapolis Colts, including quarterback Andrew Luck, have shaved their heads in a gesture of solidary with their coach, who is entering the second phase of chemotherapy for his treatable form of leukemia. He was told Monday that his disease is in remission. He is not, however, cured yet and the next round of chemo is expected to be especially grueling.

Pagano had addressed the team in a touching speech after the Colts improved to 5-3 with a victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and, on Tuesday, about 25 players dispensed with their hair in a mass barbering session in the locker room.

Punter Pat McAfee tweeted photos of the players being shorn and of Cory Redding’s smooth pate. Matt Overton, the team’s long snapper, tweeted a photo of himself with McAfree and kicker Adam Vinatieri.

Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted a photo of his bald team, with Sergio Brown opting to go orange isntead:

The Colts are 4-1 under Bruce Arians, who is filling in for Pagano, and play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. They’re eager to atone for a 22-17 Week 3 loss to the Jags in Indy and keep this story going. “The whole thing’s for Spielberg,” Arians told’s Peter King

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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