Fox says delaying heart surgery was a mistake

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Expectedly, Wes Welker will not play in Denver's game against San Diego on Thursday night.

Although John Fox has not said so publicly, Ian Rapoport says the concussed wideout has indeed been ruled out.

Against Tennessee on Sunday, Welker suffered his second head injury in just 22 days.

Along with Welker, Derek Wolfe and C.J. Anderson were held out on Tuesday; Wolfe is not expected to play either, while illness kept Anderson from practicing.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Tuesday's practice; John Fox, Peyton Manning, and several others speak afterward; John Elway's latest podcast; NFL Films previews tomorrow's matchup.

The Broncos are favored by 10 points tomorrow night, and the forecast again calls for cold weather.

Thursday will mark the first meeting between John Fox and his longtime mentee, Mike McCoy.

Matt Prater grew up in a soccer-playing family and near the Gramatica family.

Mike Klis says Champ Bailey won't play tomorrow, but expects he'll take the field at Houston next week.

Incredibly, Denver has eight blocking penalties on special teams plays, after having had only one in 2012.

Broncos Analysis

In an excellent writeup from Jeffri Chadiha on the rigors of NFL head coaching jobs, John Fox admits he mistakenly put the Broncos ahead of his own health when he pushed off heart surgery last summer.

Joan Niesen isn't buying claims that Denver is just resting Wesley Woodyard for the playoffs, either, and she expects that Danny Trevathan will continue to call defensive plays.

Andy Benoit expects plenty of two-TE sets tomorrow night, from both the Broncos and Chargers.

Mark Kiszla thinks the Broncos are screwed because of their defense.

Peyton Manning

Denver's receivers sound pretty confident that Peyton Manning will recapture the single-season TD pass mark.

Doug Farrar analyzes Manning's deep throws of Week 14.

Frank Schwab addresses the stupidity inherent in suggestions that there is a better MVP candidate out there than Peyton.

Jeff Legwold amazes at Peyton's elephantine football memory.

Chargers

Eddie Royal and Nick Hardwick made limited returns to practice on Tuesday, while corners Johnny Patrick and Shareece Wright were limited after having been full participants the day prior.

NT Cam Thomas has lost his starting job to Sean Lissemore.

QB News

Mike Shanahan is starting Kirk Cousins over RG3, in a move which Don Banks thinks is just more of Shanny trying to get himself canned.

Green Bay reportedly does not expect QB Aaron Rodgers to play this week.

Chicago head coach Marc Trestman says Jay Cutler will resume his starting role once healthy, despite the success of Josh McCown, whose career has a strong resemblance to that of Rich Gannon's.

Other News

Miami reportedly plans to trade T Jonathan Martin during the offseason.

Baltimore WR Brandon StokleyGiants RB Brandon Jacobs, Washington RB Evan Royster, and Miami CB Dmitri Patterson were placed on IR; Cleveland cut QB Caleb Hanie.

Analysis

Andy Benoit's Pro Bowl picks include Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Zane Beadles (over Louis Vasquez?!), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

All-22 analysis: Bucky Brooks thinks the Patriots offense will cope without Rob Gronkowski, Sam Monson discusses Josh Gordon's breakout season.

Mike Tanier evaluates the rookie performances of QBs Mike Glennon, E.J. Manuel, and Geno Smith.

FO: Denver remains behind Seattle according to DVOA; Scott Kacsmar recaps the comeback efforts of Week 14.

Media

League of Denial (Kindle) - the book-turned-PBS doc - is expected to become a major motion picture.

This is decades late, but Roger Angell is finally going into the Baseball HOF. Why mention it here? For my money, he's the best sportswriter who ever lived.

Yuks

KSK meme-ifies Week 14; PFT Commenter chimes in on the Shanny/Snyder/RG3 situation and hands out weekly awards.

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

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