Broncos don’t sound like they’ll have Wolfe or Rahim

Good Morning, Broncos fans! When they lost to San Diego in Week 15, Denver was without Derek Wolfe, Champ Bailey, and Wes Welker.

This time, they will have Bailey and Welker, but not Von Miller, and it's a near certainty they'll be sans Wolfe, according to Mike Klis.

Per Klis, the soonest Wolfe could return to the field would be the Super Bowl, and he even characterizes that as a "longshot."

But it is worth noting that the second-year lineman is still on the active roster, at least for now.

It's also not looking good for a return of Rahim Moore, and Shaun Phillips was sent home Monday due to illness.

Broncos

Videos: BTV's Monday report; John Fox and several others speak after practice; Eric Decker visits with NFLN; an always welcome look back at The Drive.

Bubba Caldwell welcomes the opportunity to avenge the Week 15 loss, while Malik Jackson says he's refreshed by the week off, and he seems pretty confident.

Eric Decker admits the Broncos failed to match the Chargers' intensity the last time around.

Terrell Davis thinks that defeat may give these Broncos a much-needed edge that they lacked in 2012.

Joan Niesen thinks it will help Denver's motivation that each of the remaining AFC teams beat them during the regular season.

As much as Jeff Legwold and others want to write about Baltimore and 2012, John Fox is doing his best to keep the team's focus on the now.

Chargers

Mike McCoy isn't offering much about the status of RB Ryan Mathews, who says he expects to play.

Punter Mike Scifres made several field position altering kicks on Sunday, and when will we be able to say the same of Britton Colquitt?

Tom Krasovic says the emergence of undrafted rookie safety Jahleel Addae has freed up Eric Weddle.

Washington has played the eventual SB champs in seven straight seasons, but why should we only apply this to the Chargers? Of course, the Broncos beat Shanny & Co. quite handily in Week 8.

News

The $760M settlement between the NFL and ex-players over head injuries is another step closer to approval.

New England placed LB Brandon Spikes on IR; Indy signed ex-Pats WR Deion Branch ahead of their game at Foxboro.

The Niners gave CB Tarell Brown a $300K bonus to make up for some of the $2M workout bonus his agent screwed him out of.

RG3 reportedly bragged to his teammates about his influence over Dan Snyder and the Washington franchise.

Cincy owner Mike Brown is suddenly claiming that he had preferred Colin Kaepernick in the 2011 Draft but deferred to OC Jay Gruden, who wanted turnover machine Andy Dalton.

Plates Caldwell, the older brother of Denver's Bubba, was arrested on charges that he's been running an illegal gambling operation.

Coaching Carousel

Miami fired OC Mike Sherman; the move is thought to have saved Joe Philbin's hide.

Detroit will interview Mike Munchak on Friday; Washington will meet with Vandy's James Franklin and Cincy coordinators Gruden and Mike Zimmer.

Gruden has also drawn interest from Detroit, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

The latest report on Bob Stoops is that he's not a candidate in Cleveland.

Analysis

Eric Edholm and Pete Prisco preview this weekend's matchups.

PFF: J.J. Watt is PFF's DPOY for the second straight year; their All-Pro team includes Peyton Manning and Louis Vasquez as first-teamers, and Chris Harris as a second-teamer.

Mike Tanier lays out a handful of scenarios for how the top five picks in the 2014 Draft might play out.

Doug Farrar examines the big offseason questions facing last weekend's losers.

Peter King thinks it's highly unlikely that Chris Kluwe lied in his allegations against Mike Priefer and the Vikings, while Drew Magary digs into Priefer's ridiculous characterization of Kluwe's activism as a distraction.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column.

Maths

While studying the historic greatness of the 2013 Seahawks defense, Chase Stuart somehow doesn't come across 2013 Chiefs. Go figure...

Obviously, Peyton Manning finished as the top QB according to Keith Goldner's NEP data.

PFR has released its Approximate Value data for 2013.

National Championship

Dan Wetzel and Michael Weinreb discuss Florida State's 34-31 win over Auburn.

Bucky Brooks thinks Jameis Winston will be the top quarterback in the 2015 Draft.

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