Fox out of hospital; Champ out on Sunday

John Fox, who underwent aortic valve replacement surgery on Monday, was released from a hospital in Charlotte, NC on Friday. The Broncos released a statement on Fox's behalf, which said, in part:

My recovery is progressing well — I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right.

Although I’m eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff.

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Injury Report: Welker back; Bailey, Ihenacho still out

Wes Welker made a limited return to practice on Thursday, while Champ Bailey and Duke Ihenacho were again sidelined.

Orlando Franklin, Manny Ramirez, Julius Thomas, and Joel Dreessen were again limited.

Jack Del Rio spoke in the morning with John Fox, who he describes as "a little tired," but in good spirits.

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Injury Report: Welker, Ihenacho sit, are expected to play

With John Fox still in intensive care - although reportedly recovering well - plus Gary Kubiak's health scare and the consuming Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito story, it's been easy to lose sight of Sunday's game at San Diego.

But Denver will play five AFCW games among its final eight, and given the Chiefs' flawless record, each and every one of them figures to be crucial.

Jack Del Rio's crew practiced Wednesday without Wes Welker (ankle), Duke Ihenacho (ankle), and Champ Bailey (foot), while Orlando Franklin (ankle), Manny Ramirez (knee), Julius Thomas (ankle), and Joel Dreessen (knee) were limited.

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Broncos activate Walton; Moffitt retiring

Denver moved center J.D. Walton to the active roster on Tuesday and placed John Moffitt on the reserve/left squad list.

Walton had resumed practicing on October 16; Moffitt had been inactive for six of the team's eight games and says he's retiring from the NFL at age 27.

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Broncos name Jack Del Rio interim Head Coach

As expected, the Broncos have named Jack Del Rio as interim Head Coach this morning, while John Fox recovers from his heart surgery.  Del Rio was the head coach in Jacksonville for nine seasons, and compled a 68-71 record in the regular season, and 1-2 in the postseason.  That's pretty solid work for an organization that was consistently under-resourced, especially at the QB position.

Del Rio is expected to continue in his duties as Defensive Coordinator, and I don't think he's ever done both jobs simultaneously before.  As Andrew Mason said this morning, the high degree of experience on both the coaching staff, as well as at some key player positions, should assist Del Rio with the double duty.

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Kubes taken to Houston hospital

As John Fox prepares to undergo heart valve surgery this week, Broncos fans saw old friend Gary Kubiak endure a health scare of his own Sunday night on national television.

With the Texans and Colts exiting the field at halftime of their SNF matchup, Kubes dropped to his knees in apparent pain, and was taken via ambulance to an area hospital.

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Fox hospitalized in NC, says he’s ‘doing fine’

Broncos head coach John Fox was hospitalized in North Carolina on Saturday, after experiencing dizziness and lightheadedness while playing golf.

ESPN had earlier reported that Fox suffered a heart attack, but the 58-year old coach said in a text message to Chris Mortensen that he's "doing fine" and undergoing a battery of tests.

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KC @ Denver flexed; three Broncos fined

Although it had been reported last month that CBS had chosen to keep the Broncos' two matchups with the Chiefs from being flexed to SNF, that's exactly what has happened with the Week 11 game in Denver.

Originally scheduled for a 4:05 pm ET start, the game will now kick off at 8:30 pm, replacing Packers/Giants.

The two teams will meet again two weeks later at Arrowhead, and that game's kickoff is expected to be shifted from 1 pm ET to 4:25 pm ET.

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DRC named AFC Defensive POW

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's fifth career touchdown - and first as a Bronco - helped earn him the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week award for Week 8.

DRC broke up three passes in Denver's 45-21 win over Washington, including a 75-yard pick-six off Kirk Cousins, during which he dickishly (but hilariously) high-stepped it for fifty yards.

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Julius Thomas not expected to miss any time; MRI results negative

Per Adam Schefter:

Broncos HC John Fox said X-rays on TE Julius Thomas' ankle were negative. Broncos' bye week next.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2013

It didn't look like Thomas was seriously injuried when he walked off the field on Sunday, but this is still good news for the Broncos going into their bye week.