The Broncos looked far healthier Wednesday, even if the numbers don't quite show it. Three players missed practice: cornerback Champ Bailey, safety Duke Ihenacho and receiver Wes Welker. However, Welker and Ihenacho both had their helmets with them and reported to their positional groups. Offensive tackle Orlando Franklin, tight ends Joel Dreessen and Julius Thomas and center Manny Ramirez were limited. Bailey's status for Sunday's game seems doubtful, but getting so many players back to even a limited status — especially Thomas — looks promising for the game in San Diego. Par for Fox. John Fox would like the world to know: After first feeling light-headed on the golf course Saturday, he made his putt for par before heading to the hospital. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning delivered the tongue-in-cheek message Wednesday, the first time he addressed the media since news of Fox's heart condition and subsequent surgery broke. A familiar opponent. Chargers coach Mike McCoy spent the four seasons before moving to San Diego on the Broncos' staff, and he was Manning's offensive coordinator in 2012. Consequently, he'll likely be familiar with the Broncos' offense — or at least parts of it — going into Sunday's game. "That's just something that is common in football all the time," Manning said. "When you have players that you played with and you have good assistant coaches that you've played for, it's just a matter of time."
Broncos sit out Champ Bailey, Duke Ihenacho and Wes Welker at practice
Denver Post | Nov 7