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Miami Dolphins Assistant Jim Caldwell Takes Medical Leave from the Team

Dolphins assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell is stepping away from the team for health reasons according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.com.

“I will be stepping back due to some medical complications that require my full attention,” Caldwell said. “I want to thank Stephen Ross, Chris Grier, Coach Flores and the rest of the organization for the support they have given me and my family.” The exact nature of the health issues was not disclosed.

The 64-year-old Caldwell was one of the first hires by rookie head coach Flores and Flores says he supports Caldwell’s decision to focus on his health. “Our focus is on Jim’s health and supporting him in every way that we can,” Flores said. “With his knowledge and experience, Jim has been an invaluable member to our coaching staff and will continue to serve as a sounding board for me throughout the season.”

Caldwell is one of the best-liked and most respected coaches in the NFL. He was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11 and the Detroit Lions from 2014-17.

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