Colorado coach Deion Sanders will not be attending Pac-12 media day due to a “routine follow-up” on his foot scheduled for Thursday.
“Unfortunately, he will not be able to attend the Pac-12 media day due to his recovery, but he is expected to return as a coach in time for fall camp,” the school said in a statement Wednesday. “Everyone at CU wishes Coach a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back on campus soon.”
According to the statement, Colorado defensive coordinator Charles Kelly will represent the school at Friday’s Pac-12 media day along with quarterback Shedeur Sanders and cornerback/receiver Travis Hunter.
Deion Sanders posted video to Instagram of what appeared to be a doctor confirming the Hall of Famer cornerback will have “a couple of surgeries” on Thursday to remove another blood clot in his right leg. Doctors will also straighten two of Sanders’ toes so they no longer cause pain in his shoes.
“That’s how the devil works,” Sanders said in the video. “He thinks if he can stop my agility, he can stop my abilities. He can’t. You can’t stop my mobility in the first place, and that doesn’t stop my ability. My abilities are God-given. You’re not allowed to touch that.”
According to Instagram posts from him and his fiancé Tracey Edmonds, Sanders underwent successful surgery last month to fix a blood clot in his left leg. The procedure involved a blood clot in his left thigh and another in the same leg below his knee.
While coaching Jackson State in 2021, Jackson was hospitalized after complications from surgery to repair a dislocated toe. He suffered blood clots, missed three games and underwent several other surgeries including the removal of two toes.
“I promise you, if we go to TCU, I’ll be running from our team,” he said. “I promise you that.”