As they prep for their (the NFL's?) biggest game of the year so far, the Chiefs have their first significant distraction.
Dwayne Bowe, the team's top wideout, was arrested Sunday, accused of speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana.
Like most games in Kansas City, the rematch with the Chiefs was supposed to kick off at 1pm ET.
Peyton Manning is likely to be limited in practice this week, but "absolutely will play" on Sunday night against the Chiefs, after an MRI turned up no new damage to his injured ankle.
Manning originally suffered a high right ankle sprain in Week 6 against Jacksonville, and aggravated the injury at Indianapolis in Week 7, and again yesterday at San Diego.
Peyton Manning says he's feeling "pretty sore" after enduring a pair of low hits during Denver's 28-20 win over San Diego, and will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Early in the second quarter, Peyton was sacked for a six-yard loss by Larry English, who grabbed Manning around the ankles and twisted him down to the ground.
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.
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.
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.
Denver moved center J.D. Walton to the active roster on Tuesday and placed John Moffitt on the reserve/left squad list.
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.
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.