Happy trails, John Moffitt

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Patrick Smyth, John Fox was already up on his feet on Tuesday, a day after aortic valve replacement surgery.

Mike Klis speculates that Fox could even be back at Dove Valley within a few weeks' time in some capacity. It's quite an encouraging outlook, given that prior to the operation, it was suggested that Fox could be sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

As John Elway sees it, Foxy's energy and enthusiasm are what will be most difficult - if not impossible - to replace in his absence.

Broncos

John Moffitt says he wasn't unhappy with his lack of playing time in Denver, explaining instead that his passion for the game was gone, and that he didn't want to risk his long-term health anymore. Refreshingly, Moffitt says he doesn't need to be a millionaire to be happy, and plans to grow his own food and drop a significant amount of weight. We wish Moffitt the best and look forward to hearing more from him in the podcasts and radio appearances he plans to make.

Stanford will retire John Elway's #7 jersey at halftime of their game versus Oregon tomorrow night.

Video: Here's Shannon Sharpe making his first visit to the Ring of Fame monuments outside SAF@MH.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason counts down his top five offensive plays from the first half of Denver's season.

Joan Niesen says the absence of John Fox is just another of many hurdles for the 2013 Broncos, and she's reminded that the strain of a coaching life is rough on families.

According to Jeff Legwold, the Broncos still intend for Montee Ball to be the on the field late in games, but what about Knowshon?

PFF is still hitting Derek Wolfe hard in terms of his pass rush grade, while Legwold does his bestest to underrate as many Broncos units as he can.

Chargers

San Diegans will get to see Sunday's game, as they've already avoided a TV blackout.

Bucky Brooks thinks Mike McCoy's intimate knowledge of the Broncos offense should give San Diego a great chance on Sunday.

News

The Jonathan Martin story is apparently about to get pretty bad for the Miami coaches, who are said to have instructed Richie Incognito to "toughen up" Martin.

QB Matt Flynn cleared waivers, which doesn't suggest that the Packers don't want him to step in for Aaron Rodgers, but rather that they didn't want to pay his bloated salary.

New England released WR Austin Collie and is expected to lose S Steve Gregory (broken thumb) for several games; Green Bay placed TE Jermichael Finley on IR; Cleveland activated G Jason Pinkston from short-term IR.

Analysis

Chase Stuart discusses the potential weaknesses of each of the league's contenders, including Denver's offensive line depth.

PFF's Midseason All-Pros include Peyton Manning and Louis Vasquez, plus an honorable mention for Manny Ramirez; of course, their all-AFCW squad is half Broncos, while their team of October includes Wes Welker.

Don Banks names Manning his MVP and OPOY for the first half and calls Broncos/Cowboys the best game of the half-season.

Greg Bedard's All-Pro team includes Manning, Vasquez, Matt Prater, and Trindon Holliday, with Manning the top offensive player, but not MVP.

Matt Bowen breaks down key plays from Week 9.

Mike Tanier offers some typically brilliant analysis of sports logos from over the decades.

Maths

While discussing Bears coach Marc Trestman's ballsy fourth-down decision from Monday, Brian Burke explains why it's important for coaches to be thinking about fourth down before they get to it.

Denver remains atop FO's DVOA rankings; Bill Barnwell revisits Week 8 coaching decisions; Scott Kacsmar recounts the week's comeback attempts.

With the apparent exception of the Packers, NFL teams clearly aren't very honest or accurate about assessing in their injury reports how likely players are to suit up.

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

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