John Fox returns to Broncos' practice; Manning sits out another Wednesday

4:14 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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The Denver Broncos head inside for practice Wednesday at the South Suburban sports dome. Photo by Brian Olson.

KUSA - With cold cutting through Denver, the Broncos took practice inside Wednesday as coach John Fox returned to run the drills for the first time since Oct. 30.

While Fox was back, quarterback Peyton Manning went through the walk-through session but for the fourth consecutive Wednesday did not participate in the full practice.

"Felt great, felt great. Much like I felt on Monday and was able to bounce around," Fox said. "I've been exercising pretty hard for a month and I felt tremendous."

Fox was last at practice on the Wednesday during the bye week. He had surgery Nov. 4 to replace his aortic valve. Fox said he hasn't decided if he will be on the field or in the coaches' box on Sunday.

"Much like the players, I'll be day-to-day," Fox said. "I don't think it is a tremendous effect one way or the other. I communicate with the same people. I spent half my career in the press box and another half on the field.

"I haven't given it much thought, to be honest with you, but I'll be at the game on Sunday."

The Broncos will have Thursday and Friday to go outside should they want to prep for Sunday's game. Forecast for the 2:05 p.m. kickoff against Tennessee is 15 degrees and flurries expected.

Manning said he continues to take the advice of people around the Broncos' staff on his practice schedule. With the tight turnaround next week and the Thursday game on Dec. 12, taking off another Wednesday seemed smart.

"You have to be able to call audibles in all aspects of life," Manning said. "I would like to get back out there on some Wednesdays. I'd feel better about it."

This time next year, the Broncos won't have to bus the mile to the South Suburban sports dome but rather will have their own fieldhouse, which they announced Nov. 19 will have a full-sized covered field at Dove Valley. It is expected to be ready for next season.

Fox said not being able to keep up with Wednesday's snowfall to clear the outside field and player safety were the main reasons to move inside.

"We're going to have plenty of opportunities to practice in the cold the rest of the week," Fox said. "Arctic blast has a unique ring to it."

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