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Raiders Preparing for NFL Draft

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders are hopeful headed into Thursday's NFL Draft.

New head coach Jack Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie wouldn't give away who they are targeting on Thursday, but said they're doing everything they can to improve the roster.

"We always hope that you get some productive players," McKenzie said. "We were excited and happy that they were productive. We’re just trying to get it right. We want to get the player that we feel can best help our team and that’s what we’re going to do. Whether there’s pressure or not, I want to hit on my seventh-round pick, too."

Del Rio comes over from the Broncos after spending the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator.

"The measurables are one piece, the college film is one piece. Live exposure, watching them interact with their teammates, is one piece. Background checks are another piece," said Del Rio, who was the 68th pick in the third round of the 1985 draft. "There’s so many different factors. Their health is obviously a big piece. That’s one of the main reasons you have the combine, to collect the medical data on some of these prospects. Play history is obviously a big part of it, what guys have done. Productive guys tend to remain productive guys."

The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season and have the fourth pick in the draft.

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Ken Norton Jr. Hired as Raiders' DC

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders announced Friday that they have hired Ken Norton, Jr. as their defensive coordinator.

The move reunites Norton with Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, whom Norton played with as a member of the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-91.

"We've always talked about being able to put my time and energy and knowledge together as well as his and really come together and make a winner," Norton said during a conference call Friday. "I have certain ideas that I have that I know that work. He has certain ideas that he has that he knows that work. We're going to bring them together and obviously make them the Raider way."

Norton, Jr. was the Seattle Seahawks linebackers coach the last five seasons. He has won three Super Bowls as a player and one as a coach.

Norton takes over an Oakland defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL in points allowed per game last season.

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Raiders Name Musgrave Offensive Coordinator

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders named Bill Musgrave their new offensive coordinator on Tuesday.

Musgrave is reunited with Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, with whom Musgrave worked in Jacksonville. Musgrave also served as the Raiders quarterbacks coach in 1997.

The 47-year-old Musgrave has spent six seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator - Three with Minnesotta, two with Jacksonville and one with Carolina.

Musgrave takes over an Oakland offense that finished last season last in the league in total yards per game.

Musgrave also played in the NFL from 1991-1996 as a quarterback and backed up Steve Young when the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX.

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Report: Raiders Close to Hiring Jack Del Rio

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders are closing in on Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their next head coach, reports ESPN.

Del Rio interviewed for the job on Tuesday night with owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie, and former Raiders coach John Madden, ESPN also reports.

Del Rio was the head coach at Jacksonville from 2003 to 2011 and guided the Jaguars to two postseason appearances during that time.

Tony Sparano, their current interim head coach, is also a finalist for the job.  Sparano took over the team after they fired Dennis Allen earlier this year.

The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season.

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Broncos Take Control of AFC West with Win Over Chiefs

Steve Nehf/The Denver Post(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) --  Peyton Manning is sure fun to watch, isn't he?

The Denver Broncos quarterback threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, including four to Eric Decker, as his team rallied to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35 to 28 on Sunday.

With the win, the Broncos (10-2) have moved one game ahead of the Chiefs for sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

"It was a great, gritty effort on the road," said interim coach Jack Del Rio.  Del Rio coached the Broncos to a 3-1 record while John Fox was recovering from heart surgery.  Fox is due back Monday.

Kansas City jumped out to an early 21-0 lead before Denver answered with 28 straight points.  Alex Smith passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns.

"Hard-fought game," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Two good football teams playing each other, and it came right down to the end."

The Chiefs (9-3) have now lost three-straight.

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John Fox Set to Return to the Broncos on Monday

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- The Denver Broncos are expected get head coach John Fox back on Monday as he returns from heart surgery.

Fox is expected to coach the team for their game on Dec. 8 against the Tennessee Titans. He will either be on the sidelines, or coach from the coaches box.

 Earlier this month, Fox underwent surgery to have his aortic valve replaced.

"Lot of text messages," quarterback Peyton Manning said when asked about his communication with Fox since his surgery. "A couple phone conversations early in the week ...He's given me tips and reminders, things he thinks I need to work on, things he thinks the offense needs to work on, and those have always been very helpful."

Even though the team will welcome back Fox with open arms, they haven't skipped a beat since his surgery.

Under interim head coach Jack Del Rio, the Broncos have gone 2-1 have the best record in the AFC at 9-2.

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Patriots Rally to Stun Broncos 34-31 in OT

Winslow Townson/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) --  Stephen Gostowski drilled a 31-yard field goal in overtime as the New England Patriots rallied to stun the Denver Broncos 34-31 in overtime on Sunday night.

With the clock winding down in the extra period, Nate Ebner recovered a muffed punt at the Denver 13-yard line to set up the game-winning kick.  Tony Carter ran into the ball and Ebner wasted no time on the recovery.

"What a crazy game and what a fun finish," Gostkowski said.

The Patriots (8-3) fumbled the football three times in the first quarter and watched the Broncos enter halftime on their home field with a 24-0 lead.

"You can't move the ball when you're losing it," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "You've got to hang onto it."

New England scored on its first five possessions of the second half to take a 28-24 lead behing three touchdown passes from Tom Brady,

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 31, but interim head coach Jack Del Rio knew they let this one slip away.

"It was really a tale of two halves," Del Rio said. "We forced turnovers and jumped on them early. They forced turnovers and jumped on us at the end.

The Broncos (9-2) remain tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the AFC West.  The Patriots now lead the AFC East by three games with five to play.

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Del Rio Says Welker Will Play Versus Pats

(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- Although listed as "probable" on the Denver Broncos' injury report, receiver Wes Welker is a "definite" to play against his old team the New England Patriots Sunday, according to Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio.

Welker suffered a concussion during the Broncos victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. The injury made it unclear if Welker would get to play in his first game against his old team since leaving this offseason. But Welker passed all of the NFL's concussion tests and practiced in full on Friday, leading Del Rio to declare the 32-year-old ready to go.

"First and foremost, we've done the right thing by the player and he's safe to return,'' Del Rio said. "That's first and foremost.

"It's kind of like Peyton a while back: If you had a 'definitely will go' category, he'll probably be on there. ... He'll play.''

Welker played the previous six seasons in New England. During that time he went to two Super Bowls and caught 672 passes.

Welker has 61 catches for 648 yards and nine touchdowns for the AFC West leading Broncos this season.

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Peyton Manning Will Play against Chiefs

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- Peyton Manning will suit up against the Chiefs after aggravating a previous injury to his right ankle in the win against the Chargers on Sunday.

Interim head coach Jack Del Rio said Manning would be limited in practice this week, but will "definitely" will play in Sunday night's game against Kansas City.

"We did get good news that there was nothing additional, good results coming back,'' Del Rio said.  "[Manning] will definitely play this week. So that's good news''

Del Rio laid out Manning's schedule for the rest of the week.

"He'll get an occasional day off here and there,'' Del Rio said.  "We'll decide when that makes sense or not ... we'll manage that as we get closer to Wednesday, Thursday. He'll definitely play this week. He's ready to roll, so that's definitely good news.''

Manning said that he was "pretty sore" and the injury occurred during the final minutes of the game against the Chargers after the game.

"Lower body," he said. "[I] feel like the injury report is very revealing to the opponent as well as the folks in Vegas, so I guess somewhere in that lower body."

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Broncos' Jack Del Rio Named Interim Head Coach

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- As Denver Broncos head coach John Fox recovers from heart surgery, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will take over as the team's interim head coach.

Fox will undergo aortic valve replacement surgery early this week at a Charlotte N.C. hospital. On Saturday, Fox became dizzy playing golf and tests determined he needed surgery immediately.

"I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible," Fox said in a statement.

Del Rio is in his first season as the Broncos defensive coordinator. He took over for previous coordinator Dennis Allen, who was hired as the Oakland Raiders head coach during the offseason.

Del Rio's ascension isn't much of a surprise. Before he was with Denver, Del Rio was the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach from 2003-2011, winning 68 games during that span.

Luckily for Del Rio and the Broncos, the team is 7-1 and the transition from Fox to Del Rio was made easier as the event happened during the team's bye week.

Fox is expected to return to the team at some point this season.

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