Chiefs catch yet another QB break

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jay Glazer, John Fox is likely to remain in North Carolina for two weeks following Tuesday's operation to replace a defective aortic heart valve.

An updated statement from the team says that Fox had just days ago been advised by his doctors to undergo the procedure following the season. But Saturday's scare, when Foxy reportedly experienced lightheadedness and dizziness while golfing - has hastened that schedule.

Mike Klis reports that Fox's leave of absence could extend through the end of the regular season, with Jack Del Rio the top candidate to replace him on an interim basis.

Mike Florio suggests the team is still deciding between Del Rio and Eric Studesville, who filled in admirably following the 2010 firing of Josh McDaniels.

In a statement released through the team, Fox had the following to say:

I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today.

Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand that it’s the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals.

I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible.

It cannot be said or written enough, but we at IAOFM extend our wishes to Foxy for a full and timely recovery.

Broncos

From the little we've seen of C.J. Anderson on the field, he's pretty easy to root for, but add in that he takes pride in his Cal education and has a passion for philosophy, and he seems pretty awesome.

Joan Niesen discusses what makes the Denver offense so prolific, including the receivers' deft ability to avoid flags on pick and rub routes.

Mark Kiszla predicts the Broncos will win the AFCW in Week 17 but reminds us that it's starting to get cold out.

If any DP writer is going to use Fox's health scare as an opportunity to mention his own, you know who that is, right?

BTV counts down the Broncos' top five special teams plays of the season's first half.

News

Chicago signed DT Jay Ratliff; San Francisco waived LB Nate Stupar.

New Orleans activated LB Jonathan Vilma from short-season IR; New England placed DT Tommy Kelly on IR.

The Chiefs will yet again face a team with QB problems, as Buffalo wil start Jeff Tuel today in place of the injured Thad Lewis.

Analysis

In fact, today will mark the fifth straight week that Kansas City is facing a team whose QB is not the guy who opened the season as their starter; unsurprisingly, Pat Kirwan notes that backup QBs have not fared particularly well so far this season.

Greg Cosell says the loss of Geno Atkins will mostly hurt Cincy in their pass rush, and that Tom Brady is not playing up to his own high standard.

Mike Tanier explains why tying wins to running back carry totals is a gross statistical abuse.

Chase Stuart's list of the biggest first-half disappointments includes Blaine Gabbert, Chris Johnson, and Greg Schiano, although is anyone really sad to see Schiano fail? #Schadenfreude

In their Sunday columns, Len Pasquarelli discusses the disappointing seasons of Atlanta free agent additions Osi Umenyiora and Steven Jackson, while Gary Myers thinks Denver and San Francisco are the current SB frontrunners.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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