As John Fox sauntered over to the sideline for his five-minute bull session with the media, all was back to normal for the Broncos.

There had been reason to wonder earlier in the week.

During practice Monday and Wednesday, Fox, the Broncos' head coach, skipped his usual visit with local members of the Fourth Estate (or toy department as many members of the Fourth Estate consider sports media).

Instead, Fox stayed on the practice field as his players and coaches went through position drills. What was going on here, playoff week?

The Broncos do play the San Diego Chargers in an AFC second-round playoff game Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Taking on the personality of their coach, Broncos practices Monday and Wednesday seemed to demonstrate heightened intensity.

The team seemed loose on Thursday. What does it all mean? Probably nothing. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:40 p.m. Sunday. May the best team win.

More significantly for the Broncos is they will be as healthy as possible for the game. The only Broncos player not participating in practice Thursday was defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, who has been essentially out since suffering a seizure-like episode Nov. 29 on a team bus ride to DIA.

Wolfe won't play Sunday. Neither will Von Miller, Ryan Clady, Kevin Vickerson or Rahim Moore. But injuries have also been part of the Broncos' routine this season.

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