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Injury Report: Welker cleared; Wolfe iffy

John Fox (video) announced on Monday that Wes Welker has been cleared to play, three weeks after he suffered his latest concussion.

Players have off today and tomorrow and will resume practice on Thursday, in preparation for their divisional round playoff game.

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Live Blog: Black Monday 2013

This figures to be a busy day as far as coaching gigs go, so check back for updates and analysis.

Official firings: Rob Chudzinski (CLE), Leslie Frazier (MIN), Mike Shanahan (WAS), Greg Schiano (TB), Jim Schwartz (DET)

Broncos: Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase are possible candidates for the Minnesota job, and Cleveland has asked to interview Gase 

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Broncos break all of the other records in first half of Raiders game

Last week, Peyton Manning broke the single-season touchdown pass record. On Sunday, Manning and the Broncos needed just two quarters to rewrite much of the rest of the NFL's record book.

Peyton threw for 266 yards - the exact number he needed to break the single-season record held by Drew Brees - and four touchdowns, giving him 55 on the season. It's his ninth time hitting the four-score mark this season, extending his own NFL record.

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Injury Report: Welker, Wolfe, Vallos ruled out; Webster questionable

Denver's final injury report for Week 17 contained no surprises: Wes Welker, Derek Wolfe, and Steve Vallos have been ruled out, while Kayvon Webster is questionable.

Wolfe did make a limited return to practice on Friday, while Welker and Webster were again limited.

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Five Broncos make Pro Bowl; eight are alternates

Peyton Manning (13th time), Demaryius Thomas (second), Louis Vasquez, Julius Thomas, and Matt Prater (first for each) were named to the 2014 Pro Bowl.

Eight others were named as alternates: Von Miller, Manny Ramirez, Knowshon Moreno, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, David Bruton, and Zane Beadles.

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Broncos’ 2014 opponents set

With Cincy having clinched the AFCN on Sunday, the Broncos' 2014 opponents have been set.

In addition to the customary home-and-away matchups with the AFCW teams, Denver will host Buffalo, Miami, Indy, Arizona, and San Francisco.

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Miller’s ACL tear adds wrinkle to 2015 option, sabotages his chance at extension

The most obvious effects of Von Miller's torn ACL are that it ends his 2013 season, and is a significant blow to Denver's Super Bowl chances.

While the injury has the potential to affect Miller's career for the long term, that would seem a lesser concern at this point, given how well players tend to recover from ACL injuries.

But as the Broncos' coaches and players continue to focus on locking down HFA and their playoff run, the front office will face a big decision on Miller as soon as their regular season ends.

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Report: Von Miller suffered torn ACL

According to Mike Klis, Von Miller has been lost for the season with a torn ACL. Miller suffered the injury to his right knee during Denver's 37-13 win at Houston on Sunday.

Obviously, this is a huge blow to Denver's SB chances, but if anything can cover for such a loss, it's the presence of Peyton Manning.

Updating the NFC playoff picture

While the AFC playoff field is mostly set, with only one spot available, and seeding yet to be determined, the NFC is almost completely up for grabs.

Only two NFC squads (Seattle and Carolina) have clinched playoff berths, but no division titles have been claimed.

Philly (9-6) annihilated Chicago (8-7) to the tune of a 54-11 embarrassment, while Dallas (8-7) pulled off a 24-23 victory over Washington (3-12), thanks to a late touchdown from the unclutch (especially in December!) Tony Romo.

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