John Fox made a surprise visit to practice at Dove Valley on Thursday, and while there, shared some unexpected and wonderful news.
Next Monday - and four weeks after having undergone surgery to replace a defective aortic valve - Fox will reassume his position as head coach.
The Broncos host the Titans in Week 14; it has not yet been determined whether Fox will coach from the sideline or up in the booth.
Enjoy the games, and Go Cowboys and Steelers (a Ravens loss is part of the Broncos' Week 13 clinching scenario)!
Good Morning, and Happy Thanksgiving, Broncos fans! Denver held Peyton Manning out of practice for the third consecutive Wednesday to rest his ailing ankles.
Knowshon Moreno, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Joel Dreessen, and Omar Bolden were also held out.
Champ Bailey, Julius Thomas, and Kayvon Webster were limited, while six others were listed as full participants.
Manning and Dreessen are expected back for today's practice.
Week 13 N.F.L. Game Probabilities: The Value of Aaron Rodgers
0.71 Denver at Kansas City 0.29
This should figure, given that Burke's efficiency figures have Denver at #3 overall (#3 offense, #17 defense) and Kansas City all the way down at #21 (31, 7).
FWIW, I don't think Burke's model treats whatever perceived home-field advantage there is at Arrowhead for the Chiefs any differently than another team's HFA.
As expected, the Broncos have placed Kevin Vickerson on IR and replaced him with a veteran free agent.
Denver has signed DT Sione Fua (6-1, 310), a third-year player drafted by Carolina in the third round (97th overall) of the 2011 Draft.
The Stanford alum has 22 total tackles and one forced fumble in 27 career games (12 starts).
Chiefs’ Reid: Good chance that Tamba Hali plays Sunday
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that injured linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali would not practice Wednesday.
There was some encouraging news on Hali. Reid said there was a good chance Hali would play Sunday against the Broncos.
Houston finally underwent an MRI on his dislocated elbow today, because there was too much swelling for an earlier scan.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! According to Joan Niesen, the team is expected to place Kevin Vickerson on IR and replace him with a veteran free agent.
Big Vick's hip dislocation is expected to require 6-8 weeks to heal, meaning his roster spot would essentially be wasted until late in the postseason, were he not placed on IR.
Sly Williams, Mitch Unrein, and Malik Jackson all figure to see more playing time in Vickerson's absence.
Denver clinches a playoff spot with: DEN win + SD loss or tie + TEN loss or tie + NYJ loss + BAL loss
It's a five-part scenario, but not totally unreasonable - Baltimore hosts Pittsburgh tomorrow, the Jets host Miami, Tennessee is on the road at Indy, and San Diego hosts Cincy.
Granted, that would be four home losses, including KC to Denver, but in each of the five matchups, the Broncos need the better team to win.
My Sportsman: Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning
“A lot of times you’re in the locker room, and you hear guys talking about some investment or some appearance they’re gonna make, and how much money they’re gonna get from it, and I’m looking at them, thinking, ‘That’s the guy who dropped two balls in practice today,’ or, ‘That’s the guy who missed that block Sunday.’ The point is, this is what I do now, and I think I owe everything I’ve got to the Broncos to try to win this season.’‘
Granted, Peyton is set for life, unlike most of his teammates - so he can afford not to think about money. But this is still a terrific quote, one which gets down to the very core of what makes Manning a GOAT, or the GOAT.
Five Things the Chiefs Must Do to Beat the Broncos
The losses of Tamba Hali and [Justin] Houston against the Chargers forced Sutton to be extra aggressive, and they may have made him a little predictable with his blitz packages…But Berry cannot keep attacking on telegraphed blitzes: Manning started figuring them out in Week 11, Rivers figured them out in Week 12 and you and I are starting to know more about them than we should…Sutton may have to mix more vanilla into the rum ripple. If a blitz diagram looks a little too cute on paper, chances are it will fail on the field.
Tanier says the first matchup proved the Chiefs just don't have the talent to chuck it deep, and should instead call for more runs by Alex Smith and throws to Dexter McCluster.