Wolfe reportedly expected back for playoffs

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver's final injury report for Week 16 offered no real changes, but is accompanied by some good news.

Wes Welker, Kayvon Webster, and Derek Wolfe have been ruled out, after having been held out of practice all week long.

But according to Jeff Legwold, the Broncos expect Wolfe to be available for the postseason. The second-year lineman had suffered seizure-like symptoms as the team embarked on its Week 13 trip to Kansas City.

Webster, who underwent surgery to repair a fractured thumb last week, is said to be on track to return for next week's season finale at Oakland.

Nine others were full participants each day and are listed as probable.

They include Champ Bailey, whose confidence has been restored by his having practiced at full speed and without pain in recent weeks. Champ says that despite having lost much of the season to his foot injury, he's not considering retirement.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox discusses the injury report; the Playbook crew previews the matchup.

Jeremy Mincey is expected to make his Broncos debut tomorrow, while Andre Caldwell again figures to see plenty of action in Welker's absence.

The players say they're not looking past Houston.

Demaryius Thomas admits that returning kicks in 2010 at the behest of Josh McDaniels was less than ideal for his own wellbeing.

Patrick Saunders lists his top ten seasons by Colorado athletes, topped by Peyton Manning's 2013.

Among linemen who have not been charged with a sack this season, Louis Vasquez has played the most snaps.

Texans

QB Case Keenum and WR DeVier Posey are out for Houston, TE Garrett Graham and FB Brad Smelley are questionable, and 15 others are probable.

Rookie TE Ryan Griffin started in place of Graham last week at Indy, and would do so again if Graham is unable to go.

Andrew Mason discusses the Houston offense, including Matt Schaub's pick-six-filled season.

News

As expected, Green Bay will again sit Aaron Rodgers and start Matt Flynn at quarterback.

Rich Gannon thinks Jon Gruden would someday welcome a return to Oakland.

Former Eagles cheerleader Rachel Washburn has returned from her second tour in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer for an Army special ops combat unit.

Analysis

In his weekly column, Albert Breer lauds the job done by Joe Philbin post-Martin/Incognito, and explains how the NFL plans to further enrich the in-stadium experience.

Greg Cosell says poor reads and decisions by Tony Romo were mostly to blame for his two late interceptions against Green Bay.

Robert Mays looks back at the career of the great Tony Gonzalez; of course, we'll still gladly take Big Play Shay over him.

Alshon Jeffery and Chip Kelly are among Grantland's top sports figures of 2013.

Illustrated Christmas cards representing each division; PFT Commenter lists gift ideas for every team.

Week 16

Andy BenoitRobert Mays, Greg Bedard, and Peter King preview the week's games.

Although Bill Simmons is laying the 10.5 points and taking Denver, he spends about half of his column explaining why PMFM shouldn't have been SI's Sportsman of the Year. BTW, he's a whopping 26 games under .500 against the spread this year.

Maths

Chase Stuart examines the continuing shift toward finding starting running backs later in the draft.

Joel Corry says Dallas, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans have the worst cap situations for 2014.

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