Just how big is Sunday for John Fox?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver's injury report for Thursday was a carbon copy of Wednesday's, with Derek Wolfe out, and nine others listed as full participants.

The guys on IR aside, the bye week has allowed the Broncos to enter the playoffs in pretty good health, with 52 players practicing at full speed and available for Sunday.

Obviously, Wolfe will not play, and he's considered a longshot at best to be ready for a potential return for the Super Bowl, should Denver even make it that far.

However slim the chance is, the second-year lineman wouldn't still be on the active roster without one.

For San Diego, tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle) was downgraded to a limited participant, while guard Jeromey Clary was held out after having been limited by a shoulder injury on Wednesday.

Safety Eric Weddle was upgraded to a full participant.

RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) and center Nick Hardwick (concussion) were again held out.


Videos: BTV on Thursday's practice; John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, Wesley Woodyard, and Demaryius Thomas speak afterward; a look back at The Drive II (my favorite Elway moment of all time); NFL Films and NFLN preview Sunday's matchup.

As expected, Von Miller underwent knee surgery to repair his torn ACL on Thursday.

Champ Bailey doesn't sound like he expects his limited role to continue into next season, if he's still around.

Knowshon Moreno's intensity on Sundays apparently goes beyond his pregame tears and beastly runs.

Broncos Analysis

Joan Niesen surveys what remains of the Denver defense, including just four starters left of the 11 who began the season. Of course, a glaring part of that is the demotion of Wesley Woodyard.

Echoing the thoughts of Mark Kiszla from earlier in the week, Zach Fogg suggests John Fox's job may hang in the balance on Sunday.

PFF's Trey Cunningham lays out his key matchups for Sunday.

In a limited sample, Denver's third-down efficiency plummeted from 48.2% with Wes Welker to 20% without him this season. As great as he is, that just shouldn't be the case, considering how much talent is on this offense.

From the perspective of Mike Klis, Denver's players practiced pretty intensely on Monday and Wednesday, but were pretty loose on Thursday.

Legwold predicts a comfortable win for Denver, while Eric Williams thinks it will be a close one.

Arnie Stapleton reviews the impact of John Elway's latest great free-agent class.

Here's a look at what goes into maintaining the turf at SAF@MH.


OC Ken Whisenhunt claims his focus is on Sunday's game more than it is on his three job interviews, but that's obviously not very likely to be true.

Eric Weddle & Co. have not only been forcing a lot more turnovers of late, but they've clamped down on touchdown passes as well.

Denver has not only the always troublesome Antonio Gates to contend with, but the emerging big-play threat of Ladarius Green.

Matt Calkins credits GM Tom Telesco for San Diego's progress over last season.

Coaching Carousel

Seattle DC Dan Quinn is reportedly the frontrunner for the Titans head gig.

Cincy DC Mike Zimmer and Arizona DC Todd Bowles are said to be among the finalists for the top job in Minnesota, perhaps along with Niners OC Greg Roman.

Cincy promoted QB coach Hue Jackson to replace the departed Jay Gruden as OC.

Kansas City personnel man Chris Ballard turned down an opportunity to interview for the GM gig in Tampa Bay.

Burke/Farrar debate the merits of the three head coaching hires that have already been made; Mike Tanier, Robert Mays, and Mike Silver discuss Washington's hiring of Jay Gruden.


Chase Stuart (Saints/SeahawksColts/Patriots), Judy BattistaDon BanksBenjamin Hoffman, and Drew Magary preview the weekend's games.

J.J. Watt is PFF's player of the year, with Peyton Manning among the runners up.

Knowshon Moreno ended up the league's third most productive running back according to Keith Goldner's NEP data.


Sadly, we're stuck with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling Sunday's game.

Jason Lisk and Tomas Rios discuss the ridiculous reaction to the HOF ballot Dan Le Batard handed over to Deadspin.

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