Jon Kitna is the coolest math teacher, ever

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Although Denver didn't get Von Miller or Ryan Clady back for Christmas, they did receive about the next best gifts.

Wes Welker, Derek Wolfe, and Kayvon Webster returned to practice on Wednesday, albeit in limited fashion. Peyton Manning and Eric Decker were also limited.

Joel Dreessen (who is given Wednesdays off to rest his balky knee) and Steve Vallos (concussion) did not practice, while six others were listed as full participants.

Welker and Wolfe are not expected to suit up for the finale at Oakland, but their return to practice suggests they might be available for Denver come playoff time.

John Fox says Webster is day-to-day; he figures to play on Sunday.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Thursday's practice; John Fox, Peyton Manning, and Brandon Marshall speak afterward; NFL Films mic'd up Peyton Manning for Sound FX during the Texans game.

As we'd written previously, Mike Klis has confirmed that Knowshon Moreno will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Although this point should not be discussed with the Kool-Aid crowd, the Broncos have really struggled on third downs recently, and of course, Manning has taken notice.

Arnie Stapleton profiles Manny Ramirez, who has had a truly remarkable season - far beyond our expectations of what was even possible.

Terrance Knighton is one of PFF's Secret Superstars from Week 16, as is Raiders DT Pat Sims.

Peyton Manning

Peyton's 51 touchdown passes are two more than Russell Wilson and Tom Brady have combined for, and are also more than the Jaguars or Chiefs have thrown for over the past three seasons.

Chase Stuart's adjustment for era while comparing Manning's 2013 with Dan Marino's 1984 yields a surprising outcome, at least to us.

Raiders

Once again, all 53 Raiders practiced on Wednesday, with three players listed as having been limited.

Terrelle Pryor is trying his best to ignore questions about Oakland's musical-chairs-quarterbacks act.

News

There are concerns that the new tests for signs of CTE in living people may provide them false hope.

Bill Belichick believes the CBA's offseason workout limits have resulted in more injuries.

As if it's not a cool enough story that Cowboys QB Jon Kitna has been teaching high school math in his retirement from the NFL, he plans to donate this week's $53K game check to the high school he works for.

Detroit TE Brandon Pettigrew and Giants S Cooper Taylor were placed on IR, and Taylor has turned to Craigslist in an attempt to rent out his apartment for SB 48.

Now that he's had the most successful season of his career, Josh McCown says he might hang em up at age 34.

Coaching Carousel

Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt will reportedly soon interview with Houston and is expected to draw interest from Detroit, after they can Jim Schwartz.

Houston and Minnesota have already expressed interest in Bill O'Brien, but he's apparently not certain to leave PSU.

Like noted dickhead Greg Schiano, Titans coach and PSU alum Mike Munchak claims he's not interested in the Nittany Lions gig.

Analysis

Obviously, Brian Burke's data says the Broncos are huge favorites this week, and is there better proof that Kyle Orton is a game manager (in the negative sense) than his career WPA of zero point zero?

Mike Tanier says we all rush to judge quarterbacks, and think of the ridiculous criticism sent Manning's way (from within Broncos Land) after the loss to New England.

All-22 Analysis: Matt Bowen analyzes Peyton Manning's touchdown passes to Demaryius Thomas last week and to Eric Decker against Oakland; Bucky Brooks previews Eagles/Cowboys.

Eric Edholm previews Week 17; Jarrett Bell lists his most memorable stories from 2013.

Rob Rang updates his big board for the 2014 Draft, with Jadeveon Clowney at the top.

Selena Roberts and Patrick Hruby share their picks for the best sportswriting of 2013.

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