ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – And the decision is … no decision, at least not yet.
Fox declined to name a starting quarterback at his press conference Monday, but said “there’d be a strong likelihood” that the position would be addressed Tuesday, when players reconvene for the first of two consecutive days of practice before the bye weekend. Monday was a players’ day off, owing to the re-configured bye week schedule.
“That (the quarterback situation) is something that we’ll evaluate,” Fox said. “With all due respect for what you guys do, the way we’ll operate is that we’ll communicate with the people involved, then the team, long before we announce it to you guys.”
Fox said he planned to meet with others in football operations on Monday. Much of the day was spent self-scouting, having the coaches examine and break down footage of the team from its last five games.
If Tebow does start, there’s plenty to work on during the bye week, starting with receiving the snap under center. That proved to be a problematic task for Tebow, who bobbled multiple snaps and fumbled one.
“It’s something that based on (Sunday), needs some work,” Fox said.
VICKERSON TO IR: Denver lost a second defensive tackle for the season Monday with the news that Kevin Vickerson had been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury suffered Sunday.
Vickerson joins free-agent pickup Ty Warren, who tore a triceps muscle on Aug. 15 and was placed on injured reserve a month later.
Earlier Monday afternoon, Fox said Vickerson “had a little bit of an ankle sprain” but played through it. Vickerson hobbled off the field on the first defensive series but returned, as the Broncos substituted liberally on defense throughout the game.
Marcus Thomas, who returned from two injuries Sunday, is expected to take Vickerson’s place in the starting lineup.
FULLBACK QUINN JOHNSON was claimed off waivers and immediately took Vickerson’s place on the 53-man roster. Johnson played with the Green Bay Packers in 2009 and 2010 and was with the Titans this season.
Running back Brandon Minor was also waived from injured reserve Monday.
BYE WEEK SCHEDULE: The players will practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but must be given at least four consecutive days off, per the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The on-field sessions will be atypical for the regular season.
“It will be more like training camp, more like a bye week—(the team will) work on some things that we need to work on,” Fox said. “We’re still very young in our defense, for instance. We need to hone in and execute better in areas, so it will be more like Broncos-on-Broncos training camp.”