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.

As for his team, they will face the Chargers on Sunday in San Diego without Champ Bailey, who has been declared out and will miss his sixth game of the season.

Duke Ihenacho made a limited return to practice and is listed as questionable.

Wes Welker, Orlando Franklin, Manny Ramirez, Julius Thomas, and Joel Dreessen were all full participants after having been limited earlier in the week. Along with Peyton Manning and five others, they are listed as probable.

For San Diego, T Mike Remmers has been ruled out, while WR Eddie Royal, LB Jarret Johnson, and DE Lawrence Guy are questionable after not practicing Friday.

On Thursday, Johnson aggravated a hamstring injury that had kept him out of two earlier games.

Royal has played in the Chargers' last two games, but has not practiced in several weeks. Four others are probable, including LB Donald Butler.


Videos: NFL Films and the NFLN Playbook crew preview Sunday's matchup; Jack Del Rio and Champ Bailey speak after practice; Stanford finally retired John Elway's #7 jersey on Thursday night.

San Diego's top four defensive backs each have atrocious grades from PFF so far.

Louis Vasquez is among the NFL leaders in terms of most snaps played without having been charged with a sack.

Andrew Mason analyzes the San Diego defense.

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